‘To curry favor’: Trump Jr gets retroactive hunting license after illegally killing endangered Mongolian sheep

  • 12/11/2019 10:15 am ET Sunny Hundal


Trump Jr killed an endangered Mongolian horned-sheep, and then got away with it thanks to his dad 1

When your daddy is President it seems you can get away with anything.

Trump Jr loves going trophy-hunting and killing animals in the wild. His Instagram page is littered with pictures from hunting trips around the world. But they also offer some insightful clues into how Jr. is making use of his daddy’s influence.

During a summer hunting trip in August 2019, Trump Jr went to Mongolia.

While there, he killed a rare, endangered species of sheep—something that should have been punishable with a fine or even imprisonment.

When your dad is President Trump, however, the Mongolian government retroactively issues a rare, hunting license to justify the kill.

What happened?

According to ProPublica:

His adventure was supported by government resources from both the U.S. and Mongolia, which each sent security services to accompany the president’s eldest son and grandson on the multiday trip.

It also thrust Trump Jr. directly into the controversial world of Mongolian trophy hunting — a polarizing practice in a country that views the big-horned rams as a national treasure. The right to kill an Argali is controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics.

‘Treat him favorably’

Kathleen Clark, a professor specializing in legal ethics at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

“What are the chances the Mongolian government would’ve done any of that to someone who wasn’t the son of the United States’ president?”

She also told ProPublica it’s likely the Mongolian leader decided to “treated him favorably” out of a “desire on the part of a foreign government to curry favor with the president’s family.” His permit to hunt the endangered Argali was issued on September 2nd after he had already killed the animal and left the region.

Jr. claims the trip was purchased from NRA charity auction before his father became president. While in Mongolia, Trump Jr. meet with the country’s president—not an activity likely to be included in the auctioned hunting trip.


Trump Jr posted several pictures from the trip to Instagram, but none of the Argali sheep. However, he appears to have been joined in his hunting trip by a Republican donor Kaan Karakaya, who posted a picture next to the endangered animal.

Don Jr commented on it post, saying: “Amazing sheep and amazing guy.”

Screenshot / Instagram

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