US taxpayers spent 5 times more on Don Jr.’s endangered animal hunt than originally reported

US taxpayers spent 5 times more on Don Jr.’s endangered animal hunt than originally reported
Gage Skidmore https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In August of 2019 Donald Trump Jr. took a hunting trip to Mongolia, where he reportedly shot and killed an argali mountain sheep. The sheep are found in Mongolia and are considered endangered. Mongolian officials give out a limited amount of permits to hunt the endangered animals every year, and Trump Jr. was lucky enough to get one … retroactively.


Junior’s hunting expedition, like any and all travel by Trump business operators, was covered in no small part by the American taxpayer. Junior needs Secret Service protection and at the time, the Secret Service estimated that the trip cost about $17,000. They even produced a receipt saying as much. Washington watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reports that the Secret Service’s original estimate was woefully modest.

According to documents that CREW obtained by suing for a Freedom of Information Act request, the total cost of Junior’s Secret Service detail was around $75,000. That’s nearly five times more than what was originally reported by the Trump administration. As CREW has estimated before, the Trump family has enjoyed running up their open U.S. taxpayer tab by taking 12 times more “protected trips” than the previous family in the White House.

One could argue that the Obama family had much younger children and therefore smaller travel and protection needs. But as we look at President Trump and President Obama’s total expenses for travel, the differences are night and day. Trump, by himself, has cost more in three-plus years than the entire Obama family travel spending over eight years. And most of the time it’s to spend taxpayer money at Trump family-owned properties.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.