Mongolian officials visited Mar-a-Lago before retroactively granting Trump Jr. rare hunting permit: report

Source: The Hill | December 12, 2019 | Justine Coleman

Mongolian officials visited Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., resort, before retroactively granting the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., a rare hunting permit, The Palm Beach Post reported.

Mongolian Ambassador Yondon Otgonbayar and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsgot Damdin visited Mar-a-Lago at the same time the president’s son was celebrating Easter there in April. The officials are pictured in a River School of Government Instagram post at the resort.

It is unclear whether Trump Jr. met with the Mongolian officials during their visit or if he discussed his upcoming August hunting trip, the Post reported.

The Instagram post indicates that the officials met with leaders from the River School of Government while the Christian school planned a trip to Mongolia.

Four months later, Trump Jr. reportedly shot and killed an endangered sheep in Mongolia, receiving a permit from the Mongolian government after the fact, ProPublica reported Wednesday.

The Mongolian government regulates the permits to hunt the argali, granting just 86 this year. The animal is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. 

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