TRUMP: Unfair? Mr. Secretary, do you know that EPA is being cut by 31%, State by 29%, Ag 21%, Labor by 21%, and that a total of 9 departments received a larger cut than yours?
ZINKE: Well, uh, no Sir, I wasn't aware...
TRUMP: And isn't the first item in the SEAL CODE, "Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate,"
ZINKE: That's correct.
TRUMP: Then I strongly suggest that you and Teddy's ghost march right back to Interior and be thankful that certain members of my family intervened or you really would have received your "fair" share of the cuts!
ZINKE: Yes, Sir.
The implication being that this time, by golly, there would be follow through. Best watch for the dates when the public will have the opportunity to comment.
This column originally appeared in the April editions of New Mexico Stockman and the Livestock Market Digest.