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    Interior Secretary Zinke rips Patagonia for anti-Trump message

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    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ripped Patagonia on Tuesday, accusing the outdoor retailer of lying when it wrote on its official website that President Donald Trump stole federal land by reducing the size of two national monuments in Utah by roughly two million acres.

    An angry Zinke called the claim — made in large type on the company’s home page — “nefarious, false and a lie.”

    Zinke told reporters the land targeted by Trump remains protected because it is still under federal control.

    “I understand fundraising for these special interest groups,” Zinke said. “I think it’s shameful and appalling that they would blatantly lie in order to gain money in their coffers.”

    Patagonia replaced its usual home page Monday night with a stark message declaring, “The President Stole Your Land.” The message called Trump’s actions to shrink Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments “illegal” and the largest elimination of protected land in American history.

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