Trump cabinet official’s press secretary stuns internet by slamming ‘rotten stench’ of Obama administration
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate confirmed former fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior in March 2019. (Photo: DOI/Flickr/cc)

Many on social media were stunned Tuesday evening after reading a tweet from the verified account Department of the Interior's press secretary.

It started when Interior Secretary David Bernhardt posted a tweet promoting President Donald Trump, which some say called overly political and others suggested appeared to violate the Hatch Act.

Among those who complained was Tim Fullerton, who worked in the Interior Dept. during the Obama administration. Here's what he tweeted:

Stunningly, Secretary Bernhardt's press secretary's Twitter account attacked Fullerton, saying, "Our tweets are approved by career ethics attorneys and thankfully no longer overseen by you."

He went on to attack what he says is the Obama administration's "rotten stench" and "blatant failure."

According to his bio on Twitter Ben Goldey is Secretary Bernhardt's Press Secretary. Goldey did not respond to a request for comment.

The Trump administration has had more ethics scandals than any administration in modern U.S.history. A 2018 report determined it is the "most unethical in modern history."

Here's what some are saying:

Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart:

National security and government accountability attorney Mark Zaid:

Former Bush 43 speechwriter:

Former United States Ambassador to Israel:


Screenshot of DOI tweet should it be deleted: