Interior Secretary reportedly bought a $139000 door with taxpayer money

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A purchase contract shows the Interior Department allocated $138,670 (£99,993) for what the document describes as "Secretary's Door".

Remember that "big lovely door" that Donald Trump promised for his border wall?

The Trump administration is yet again defending a senior official's spending after it emerged the Department of the Interior spent almost $139,000 (£100,246) on Secretary Ryan Zinke's office door.

The spokeswoman blamed the cost on purchasing and preservation rules while noting that the upgrade included new security locks for the doors. So you know. There's that. Zinke took office in March 2017. The previous sets of doors have been damaged for years, according to an Interior official, to the point where wind and water come into the office during inclement weather, which in turn damaged the historic hardwood floors.

The new doors will be made of fiberglass.

Air strikes putting Eastern Ghouta aid convoy at risk
State media have reported people in eastern Ghouta raising Syrian government flags and holding small protests in support of Assad. Rebels deny this and say the area's inhabitants have not crossed into government territory because they fear persecution.

"Taxpayer dollars don't grow on trees, but Mr. Zinke and his fellow grifters in the Trump administration repeatedly raid the federal treasury like it does", said EWG President Ken Cook. "The secretary must believe he was handed a blank check the day he was confirmed, but the American public won't tolerate his reckless spending habits".

In a more momentous development, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stepped aside amid an uproar about his travel via costly chartered flights.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently said he may start flying in coach amid skepticism of his prior claims that he needed to fly first class because of security concerns.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent $25,000 on a soundproof "privacy booth" inside his office to prevent eavesdropping on his phone calls. The order was later cancelled, according to Politico.

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