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Zinke offers spirited defense of NMon cuts; rips Patagonia for claiming “Trump stole your land”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday vigorously defended the Trump administration's move to reduce by 2 million acres the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah, saying previous presidents greatly misused their authority under The Antiquities Act. The secretary, in response to a reporter's question, also called Patagonia officials liars for their claim that President Trump "stole your land."

The secretary called the conference call with reporters to discuss the final version of his recommendations to President Trump on the validity of 27 national monuments created by Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama, and opened with a strong defense of the president's move Monday to reduce the size of 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante and 1.3-million-acre Bears Ears by a combined 2 million acres.


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