Donald Trump's son slugs taxpayers $110k for hunting
Donald Trump Jr spent $110,000 of US taxpayer money to visit Mongolia and hunt a breed of rare and endangered sheep, new documents reveal.
The eldest son of US president Donald Trump visited the Asian country in August and spent eight days there with Secret Service protection.
Documents obtained by non-profit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington under a freedom of information request reveal the trip cost taxpayers $US76,860 ($109,971) in Secret Service charges.
The rest of the trip was personally paid for by Mr Trump Jr himself, a spokesperson told CNN.
Mr Trump Jr's visit to Mongolia involved a visit to the capital Ulaanbaatar, where he met privately with the country's president Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
That trip involved air travel for his Secret Service agents, Forbes reports.
He also spent time in Mongolia hunting Argali sheep, a near-threatened species that is renowned for its massive horns.
Mr Trump Jr, who has attracted backlash to his trophy hunting activities, posted a series of photos from the trip, including a picture with one of his sons.
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Guys I’m back after living the Yurt Life with my man Donnie for the past week exploring #Mongolia. We covered many miles on horseback and 4WD. More pics to come soon. Truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and the scenery was actually outdone by the genuine warmth and kindness of the people. After such an amazing experience I’m actually disappointed to be back on the grid. #yurt #yurtlife
The controversial Mongolia visit also attracted the attention of conservation group Center for Biological Diversity, which asked the US Fish and Wildlife Servive to investigate whether Mr Trump Jr had illegally brought argali sheep parts back to the US. The department found he had not broken the law.
And hunting the Argali sheep in Mongolia is illegal without a permit - which Mr Trump Jr applied for after he'd already hunted them and killed one, ProRepublica reported.
It's not the first time American people have had to foot the bill for Mr Trump Jr's hunting trips - his trip to Canada in August 2017 to hunt sheep cost the Secret Service about $23,750.
A 2017 trip to the United Arab Emirates by Mr Trump Jr and his brother, Eric Trump, cost more than $286,000 in public charges.
The children of the US president have come under increasingly closer scrutiny by watchdog groups such as the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington due to the number of getaways they take with Secret Service protection, CNN reports.
As children of the US president, they are entitled to the taxpayer-funded security detail, but don't have to use it.
Originally published as Trump Jr's bizarre $110k hunting trip