An official working for Trump Jr. told CNN that the trip to Mongolia, with the exception of the secret service, was paid for personally by Trump Jr.
The trip to East Asia by President Donald Trump’s eldest son included a Argali sheep hunt, the largest breed of sheep known for its giant horns. Argali is considered a species that is almost threatened, according to the red list of endangered species
, largely due to the trophy hunt. Trump Jr. often shares posts on social media with images from hunting and fishing trips to locations around the world. He has received harsh criticism from animal groups and conservatives for his propensity for the trophy and hunting for the “big toy”.
Trump Jr. posted several photos of the trip to Mongolia, including one of his Instagram and his one of his sons outside a traditional yurt
, one of them with a horse
and one taken from a vehicle behind a large flock of sheep
. In a caption, Trump called Mongolia “incredibly pristine land.”
According to reports, Trump Jr. met with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga during his visit. according to the Washington Post
, which happened less than a month after a trip by Battulga to the White House to meet with the President to discuss relations with the United States.
A spokesman for Trump Jr. did not respond to a request from CNN to confirm a meeting between Mongolia and Battulga.
The three older children of the President have been audited by security teams such as CREW for the number of personal trips each has made during their father’s presidency, and the consequent costs for taxpayers to protect the secret service. which, as children of the President of the United States, have the right, but are not obliged to, to use.