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Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary in President Donald Trump‘s administration, tweeted his final goodbye letter on Wednesday, ending a tenure that has been marked by numerous ethics investigations.
The resignation letter, which appears to have been written in red marker, was transcribed by Zinke in a tweet.
“It’s been a high honor to serve @POTUS & the American People as @Interior Secretary. We’ve restored public lands “for the benefit & enjoyment of the people,” improved public access & shall never be held hostage again for our energy needs. God bless America & those who defend her,” he wrote.
It's been a high honor to serve @POTUS & the American People as @Interior Secretary. We've restored public lands “for the benefit & enjoyment of the people,” improved public access & shall never be held hostage again for our energy needs. God bless America & those who defend her. pic.twitter.com/JXzVmrpDTg— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) January 2, 2019
Trump announced last month that the interior secretary intended to resign.
“Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation…….,” the president wrote in a series of tweets. “…….The Trump Administration will be announcing the new Secretary of the Interior next week.”
The president has yet to announce Zinke’s permanent replacement.
Many people had trouble making out what Zinke wrote, considering the use of the red marker (or as some people joked, crayon).
Others wondered why he put an “@” symbol into his written farewell letter for the Department of Interior’s Twitter handle.
At least Zinke didn’t accuse any lawmakers of being drunks in this letter, which is a step up for him.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).