It has just been uncovered by The Associated Press that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just spent an insane amount of money on a new door for his personal office.
How much? $138,670, that’s how much.
Who needs a door that expensive?
A screenshot of the purchase order, contracted by Conquest Solutions LLC, shows that the purchase was indeed for a “Secretary Door.”
What we want to know is if it was made of gold, or had any cool features, like maybe a full-screen television? Give us something here.
Secretary Zinke wasn’t available for comment on Thursday by Huffington Post but department spokeswoman Heather Swift said that the purchase was part of a “modernization” of the old building that housed his office.
“The secretary was not aware of this contract but agrees that this is a lot of money for demo, install, materials and labor,” Swift said. “Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes.”
We like the part where the Secretary admits it was too much to spend, but he still allowed it to happen. Something is not right, whether its a leadership problem or the guy who is in charge of ordering doors needs to be fired.
If this were the only mishap on the part of a Trump cabinet member or even Secretary Zinke, who has made several lavish purchases, we could go ahead and chalk it up as an oversight, but it isn’t.
From all public appearances, Zinke likes to live lavishly. His office is decorated with a number of dead, expensive creatures, including a huge grizzly bear, a mounting bison, and elk heads. He also has an expensive $1,749 leather couch that was hand delivered from California using a special “white-glove delivery service.” Maybe he needs the door to keep all that expensive stuff safe. If a thief were to come into the place, we recommend he just try and steal the door at that cost.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson was criticized just a week ago for authorizing the purchase of a $31,000 dining set for his office. Maybe Zinke got jealous and decided to one-up him.
NOTE: After a slew of negative media attention, Carson decided to cancel the order. Zinke should follow in his footsteps.