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Ex-Ethics Chief Shaub Blasts Zinke's Decision to Exclude Florida From Offshore Drilling

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 11:07 AM

Former ethics chief Walter Shaub ripped into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to exclude Florida –— and not other states — from offshore oil drilling, saying it is making the U.S. a "banana republic."

He noted Zinke's decision to exempt Florida appears to be a conflict of interest since the state is home to President Donald Trump's "winter White House" — an apparent reference to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

Shaub served as the head of the Office of Government Ethics until July, The Hill reported.

His comments came in a Tuesday night tweet directed to Zinke.

The Hill said Zinke had proposed opening almost all of the coasts along the U.S. to drilling.

But he decided against allowing drilling in Florida waters after meeting with the state's Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who opposed the plan.

"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver," Zinke said.

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Former ethics chief Walter Shaub ripped into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to exclude Florida — and not other states — from offshore oil drilling, saying it is making the U.S. a "banana republic."
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