Interior secretary Ken Salazar regrets threatening reporter

Reporter questioned Salazar about wild horses

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expressing regrets after he threatened to punch a reporter for asking him about problems in the government's wild horse program.

According to The Cloud Foundation, the threat came after an interview with Dave Phillips, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.

When Secretary Salazar turned to leave the interview, he unexpectedly approached Phillips and told him, “If you set me up like this again, I’ll punch you out,” according to The Cloud Foundation, a wild horse advocacy group.

The group's executive director Ginger Kathrens said, “I was stunned by the Secretary’s rude and clearly hostile comment toward Dave,” said Kathrens. 

The secretary's press office said Salazar regrets the exchange.

Salazar was on a Colorado tour in support of President Obama's re-election campaign on Nov. 6 when he was asked about possible personal ties he had to a wild horse buyer, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.