Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with his father, President-elect Donald Trump, Nov. 15. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
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President-elect Donald Trump, seeking to quash concerns about potential conflicts of interest, announced via Twitter Monday that his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, will take the reins at the Trump Organization. However, according to a new report, Donald Trump Jr. helped his father zero in on nominating Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke (R) for interior secretary.
Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump Jr. made it clear he has a special interest in the Department of the Interior, joking last month that running the agency is "the only job in government that I would want."
"It’s something I’m passionate about," he said. "I will be the very loud voice about these issues in my father’s ear. No one gets it more than us. Despite what any of the other candidates may say, none of them actually lived that lifestyle."
An unnamed source said the avid outdoorsman sat in on interviews for the post and made phone calls to candidates, according to a Wednesday report from the Politico Playbook:
It’s significant that Don Jr. took a hands-on role in hiring a Cabinet secretary. Either Trump’s boys — Don and Eric — are running the Trump Organization, or they’re helping advise their father, the next president of the United States. Doing both is exactly what Republicans and Democrats alike are worried about. If he’s running the company, why is he helping his father assemble his Cabinet? The Trump transition team didn't reply when asked why he's meeting with prospective appointees when he's taking over his father's business.
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