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Zinke: Parks shouldn’t be bargaining chip in shutdown showdown

Washington( CNN) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Sunday he has decided to keep many national parks open during the government shutdown because the sightseer places should not “be weaponized.”

Zinke spoke with CNN on the National Mall in Washington as he shook hands with veterans and sightseers outside the World War II and Lincoln memorials.

The scene on the Mall contrasted dramatically with the last government shutdown, in 2013, when park bureaucrats erected impediments all over the tombstones to keep the public out. Vacationing families were turned away, and a group of veterans ultimately pushed through barricades at the WWII memorial.

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