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Former Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Secretary

Michael Argo served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for Secretary Zinke.

Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain Michael Argo served for three decades, including fighting in Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. “He served as Commander and Commanding Officer for four separate commands, worked three Joint commands‚Äč, ‚Äčand deployed on numerous deployment around the world. More recently, Argo served as a strategist and planner at the Office of Naval Intelligence in with the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center.” He also served a short stint “with the Department of Homeland Security at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.” A highly-decorated veteran, Michael Argo does not appear to have experience working on issues that fall within the purview of Interior.

Sources: [LinkedIn Profile for Michael Argo, accessed 11/13/17, and Department of the Interior, Press Release, 11/09/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Interior Department Salary: $162,000

[Michael Argo, ProPublica’s TrumpTown, accessed 03/12/18]

Other Information

Michael Argo has liked and commented on extreme Facebook posts, including a Facebook video claiming to expose Huma Abedin’s “direct terrorist ties to 9-11” and a fake image showing President Obama awarding Medals of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, and Bill Cosby.

Michael Argo called a Facebook video “interesting” that claimed to expose Huma Abedin for “her direct terrorist ties to 9-11.” [Facebook Video by Meaningful Conversations with Nosbigs, 10/15/16]

In November 2017, Michael Argo liked a fake image pretending to show President Obama awarding Medals of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, and Bill Cosby. [Facebook post by Ken Blackwell, 11/12/17]