His royal highness.
From AP/REX/Shutterstock.Vanity Fair: Trump’s Interior Secretary Is Running His Agency Like He’s Queen of England
Ryan Zinke has his own flag and commemorative coins.
by Bess Levin
October 13, 2017 11:12 am
President Donald Trump, who allegedly plagiarized another family’s coat of arms to affix his own crest to his golf properties and merchandise, has brought a decidedly monarchical flair to Barack Obama’s “dump” of a White House. A down-market simulacrum of Trump Tower’s Louis XIV stylings now pervades the Oval Office, where drab gold curtains frame its south-facing windows, and the midcentury furniture has been swapped for more gold-hued upholstery. First Daughter Ivanka Trump and princeling Jared Kushner have taken up residence in the West Wing, turning the People’s House into a sort of royal home office. (As my colleague Sarah Ellison reported, Trump’s advisers have taken to referring to Ivanka as the “princess royal” behind her back.) But even Jared and Ivanka, both scions of New York real-estate dynasties, haven’t engaged in the sort of queenly behavior demonstrated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who seems to have come to believe he’s the baronet of some Central European fiefdom rather than a U.S. Cabinet official.
The Washington Post reports that each day is Zinke Day at the Department of the Interior’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where a staffer is required to scramble up to the building’s roof to raise a “special secretarial flag whenever Zinke enters the building.” He “displays animal heads on his wood-paneled office walls” and filled his office with decorative hunting knives, though he supposedly removed them after being informed that they posed a security risk. “When the secretary goes home for the day or travels, the flag—a blue banner emblazoned with the agency’s bison seal flanked by seven white stars representing the Interior bureaus—comes down.”
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