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This Time, Will Trump Make Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Interior Secretary?

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. (CQ Roll Call via AP)

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 10:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

With the resignation of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Friday, the discussion that dominated official Washington over the weekend was whether the President would “get over” past criticism from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and give her the Cabinet office she actively sought two years ago.

As she was following the 2016 election, McMorris Rodgers is reportedly on Trump’s “short list” to run the department with 70,000 employees and a $12 billion annual budget. In addition, the Evergreen State congresswoman has relinquished her position as chairman of the House GOP Conference and, friends told Newsmax, is ready to move to the Interior Department if Trump asks her.

McMorris Rogers also has what friends consider an excellent relationship with Ivanka Trump and the two have had meetings on women’s issues. 

Her stumbling blocks are the critical comments she made about Trump during the 2016 campaign. By many accounts, Trump read those comments back to her when they met in New York and they reportedly cost the lady known as “CMR” the Cabinet portfolio.

“Trump to Pick McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary,” blared the headline of “The Hill” on December 9, 2016. 

As a vice-chair of Trump’s transition team, she appeared to have the inside track to running the department that manages federal lands, for both preservation and energy and mineral development, and controls offshore drilling and oversees national parks.

Six days later, NW News Network reported that Trump “apparently passed over Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his pick for Interior secretary.” 

The congresswoman confirmed this on her Facebook page, writing on her Facebook page December 16 that she was “more energized than ever” about her work in the House Republican leadership team.

The President-elect had been upset specifically by McMorris Rogers’ comments during the campaign condemning Trump for past statements he made about women and people with disabilities. She reiterated those concerns after the October reveal of a tape in which he bragged about groping and kissing women without consent. 

“Did I cast my vote with enthusiasm” for Trump in the Washington State primary, she wrote, “Not really.”

Whether those comments still bother the President or whether they are “water under the dam” with him may well determine if the congresswoman becomes “Secretary McMorris Rogers.” 

Trump said on Twitter Saturday he will name a new secretary of the Interior this week.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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With the resignation of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Friday, the discussion that dominated official Washington over the weekend was whether the President would "get over" past criticism from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and give her the Cabinet office.
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