President Trump says he’ll nominate Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to take the job permanently. Mr. Trump announced the nomination in a tweet Monday.
“I am pleased to announce that David Bernhardt, Acting Secretary of the Interior, will be nominated as Secretary of the Interior,” the president tweeted. “David has done a fantastic job from the day he arrived, and we look forward to having his nomination officially confirmed!”
Bernhardt replaces former, who stepped down amid multiple congressional investigations.
Bernhardt is a former lobbyist for the oil, gas and water industries, a point that has drawn criticism from environmentalists.
Bernhardt will still have go to through the formal confirmation process in the Senate.
“It’s a humbling privilege to be nominated to lead a Department whose mission I love, to accomplish the balanced, common sense vision of our president,” Bernhardt tweeted in response to the president’s announcement.
Bernhardt has kept a relatively low profile in the weeks since taking the acting position. He did appear with Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in a very brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on MLK Day last month.
This is a developing story and will be updated.