Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke turned some heads Thursday morning with how he chose to get to work for his first day on the job in Washington.
He rode a horse.
The former Montana congressman, and former Navy SEAL commander, completed the look with a cowboy hat, boots and jeans, as he made his way from the National Mall to the Interior Department headquarters on C Street.
Zinke was greeted by hundreds of federal workers when he arrived, according to Fox News, and an employee from the Bureau of Indian Affairs who was from the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana, played a hand drum to welcome him. He also had an escort from the United States Park Police. Take a look:
BSEE is pleased to welcome the new Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “Lets get to work!” pic.twitter.com/520TMPxslr
— BSEE (@BSEEgov) March 2, 2017
That’s one way to make an entrance.
“Honored to stand with the brave officers of @USParkPolice — these professionals put their lives on the line for us,” Zinke tweeted.
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) March 2, 2017
Others snapped photos of Zinke on the 17-year-old Irish sport horse, named Tonto, and shared them on social media.
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) March 2, 2017
The choice of riding a horse to work seems to align with Zinke’s decision to brand himself as a conservative as well as a conservationist, The Hill reported.
“I am an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and believe he had it right when he placed under federal protection millions of acres of federal lands and set aside much of it as national forests,” Zinke said during his Senate confirmation hearings in January.
“Today, much of those lands provide Americans the opportunity to hike, fish, camp, recreate and enjoy the great outdoors,” he added.
Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift told Fox News, “Secretary Zinke was proud to accept an invitation by the U.S. Park Police to stand shoulder to shoulder with their officers on his first day at Interior.”
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