Ryan Zinke's new office doors are getting a $139000 upgrade

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks about the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Records show the Interior Department spent nearly $139,000 last year for construction

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks about the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Records show the Interior Department spent nearly $139,000 last year for construction

According to the Washington Post, Zinke has commissioned commemorative coins with his name on them to give to visitors, and has also instated a tradition of flying a special secretarial flag whenever he is at the Interior Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Another pricey remodeling decision bid for attention in the Trump administration after the Interior Department chose to replace three sets of doors at its historic headquarters for almost $139,000. Nassar said bottom panels of the old doors had been temporarily fixed with cardboard and duct tape and were replaced by fiberglass doors with new locks.

She said Zinke agrees the price for the work sounds high, and that preservation requirements and procurement rules raised the cost. So you know. There's that.

Another unnamed official told the AP the project had been planned for two years.

The current balcony doors leak "like a sieve" whenever it rains, forcing workers to mop the wooden floor in Zinke's office, the Interior official said.

"Taxpayer dollars don't grow on trees, but Mr. Zinke and his fellow grifters in the Trump administration repeatedly raid the federal treasury like it does", said EWG President Ken Cook. He spent $53,000 on three helicopter rides in 2017. "The secretary must believe he was handed a blank check the day he was confirmed, but the American public won't tolerate his reckless spending habits".

And Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson drew criticism for a $31,000 dining set that was ordered for his office.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent $25,000 on a soundproof "privacy booth" inside his office to prevent eavesdropping on his phone calls. The order was later cancelled, according to Politico.

The door project is not the first time work on the Interior secretary's office has come under scrutiny.

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