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Politics The State of the Union’s designated survivor: Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

05:15  05 february  2020
05:15  05 february  2020 Source:   politico.com

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The United States secretary of the interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior . The Department of the Interior in the United States is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources

In the United States , a designated survivor (or designated successor) is a named individual in the presidential line of succession, chosen to stay (at a secure and undisclosed location)

The White House tapped Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to be the designated survivor for President Donald Trump's third State of the Union address.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks.© Evan Vucci, File/AP Photo President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks.

Bernhardt is waiting out the annual gathering of the nation‘s lawmakers and top officials in an undisclosed, secure location in the event of a catastrophe that kills the president and cabinet.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue played the role during Trump's last Congress-wide address in 2019. The tradition dates back to the Civil War and can be seen as an indicator of secretaries' standing within the administration.

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David Bernhardt serves as secretary of the U. S . Department of the Interior . President Trump nominated Bernhardt for the position of deputy He also led the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada and was responsible, along with his Canadian counterpart

The designated survivor is the Cabinet member who doesn't attend the address in case Washington — When President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session In 2017, when then-Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was selected, White House chief of staff

Bernhardt has served in the role since January of last year and was confirmed in April. He previously worked as an oil industry lobbyist.

Trump is delivering his address as the Senate considers two articles of impeachment against him for abusing his office and obstructing Congress. The Senate is expected to acquit Trump Wednesday.

A number of House Democrats, including progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley plan to boycott the address. Others appeared dressed in white in honor of the suffrage movement.

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