Donald Trump speaks on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the United States, July 21, 2016. New York billionaire Donald Trump officially accepted the presidential nomination of the U.S. Republican Party Thursday night on the final day of the Republican National Convention. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
Donald Trump speaks on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the United States, July 21, 2016. New York billionaire Donald Trump officially accepted the presidential nomination of the U.S. Republican Party Thursday night on the final day of the Republican National Convention. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to take over as interior secretary, according to sources close to the transition team.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

CNN cited a source with first-hand knowledge of the decision who said the offer was extended by Trump and accepted by Zinke.

A freshman congressman, Zinke has been in the U.S. House for nearly two years and serves on the House Natural Resources and Armed Services committees. He ran for his congressional seat on a platform of establishing U.S. energy independence, The Washington Post reported.

Zinke, 55, is also a former U.S. Navy SEAL and legislator in the Montana Senate.

An official announcement is expected soon. Zinke was at Trump Tower in New York on Monday to meet with the president-elect.

This week, it was reported that Trump had chosen former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as energy secretary and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

GNA

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