Zinke responds to state
When asked about former Alaska State Gov. Tony Knowles, who recently resigned from the National Park Advisory Board, citing that he felt the board was being shunned by the department, Zinke brushed the criticism off.
“Well he just could have picked up the phone, and said hello, but he didn’t,” Zinke said.
Zinke also discussed the possibility of a sexual harassment failing on the board’s part. Zinke quoted one of the members as saying that dealing with the issue wasn’t their job,
and said, “If I would have known that, I would have fired him and not given him the chance to resign.”
Since the resignation of Knowles, and seven other board members, the Department of the Interior has said the board turned a blind eye to sexual harassment issues at National Parks, and ignored allegations of ethics and management failures against the Service’s former director by the inspector general.
When asked again regarding President Trump’s campaign pledge to change the name of Denali back to Mt. McKinley, Zinke stuck to his prior statements that supported the Obama era name change.