Interior Secretary reportedly bought a $139000 door with taxpayer money

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent $139K on doors

Last fall, Zinke raised eyebrows after the Washington Post reported he had agency coins made with his face on them, and a personal flag made to be raised outside the Interior Department when he was in the building and lowered when he was not.

Remember that "big attractive door" that Donald Trump promised for his border wall?

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke listens to a presentation about the merits of a monument offshore of MA in Boston Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior spent $139,000 to fix three sets of doors in Secretary Ryan Zinke's office, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, a move quickly criticized as wasteful by activists.

"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical". So you know. There's that.

The Interior Department declined to further elaborate on the construction to the Associated Press, and a man who answered the phone at the company that performed the work reportedly hung up on the reporter when asked about Zinke's office.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was unaware of the contract before reporters started asking about it, according to his spokeswoman, Heather Swift.

Zinke, who took office in March 2017, spent $53,000 on three helicopter trips a year ago, including one that allowed him to go on a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence. Another $9,000 was spent for biometric locks and to have Pruitt's office swept for hidden listening devices.

Last month, HUD secretary Ben Carson withdrew an order for pricey dining room furniture after the price was revealed.

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

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