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Assistant Secretary of Interior Douglas Domenech Tours Territory … 3rd Top Ranking Visit of Trump Administration

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The assistant secretary of the Interior Department, Douglas Domenech, arrived in the territory on Sunday.

As head of the Office of Insular Affairs, Domenech oversees the Virgin Islands and the three other territories — Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa — that fall under the Interior Department.

Puerto Rico is handled separately.

Domenech’s visit is the third high-profile Interior official to visit within the first 14 months of President Donald Trump’s administration.

In March 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited for the centennial of Transfer Day.

Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, who is Zinke’s number two at Interior, was in the Virgin Islands in November 2017.

It was not known if Gov. Kenneth Mapp was apprised of the visit prior to his arrival here.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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