Politico reports President Trump will nominate David Bernhardt to be the new Interior secretary.
If confirmed, Bernhardt will replace Ryan Zinke, who left the agency in December.
Trump announced the nomination via tweet.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands praised the announcement.
"NCBA has worked very closely with Deputy Secretary Bernhardt over the past two years, and he is an excellent choice to be the next Interior Secretary," said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. "He understands the concerns of cattle producers, and we look forward to continuing our work with him. We hope the U.S. Senate will confirm his nomination as swiftly as possible."
"PLC has enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with Deputy Secretary Bernhardt,” said
Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner. “His knowledge of rural western communities and their relationship to large federal land holdings will be critical to this administration's ability to continue advancing policies that protect ranchers."