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Trump Jr.'s Mongolia hunting trip cost taxpayers $75,000

AKIPRESS.COM - The trip Donald Trump Jr. made to Mongolia to hunt endangered argali sheep last August cost taxpayers nearly $60,000 more than the government previously disclosed, Forbes reported citing documents obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) originally received documents in March that showed protection and security for the trip cost $17,704 in Secret Service charges alone.

Those documents, however, didn't include Trump Jr.'s stop in Ulaanbaatar, where he met privately with Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, and the cost of additional air travel for the Secret Service.

After suing over a Freedom of Information Act request, government officials turned over additional documents to CREW, which reportedly show that the full cost of the trip was actually $76,859.36.

Even before the recently revealed financial discrepancies, Trump Jr.'s controversial eight-day trip came under intense scrutiny last year.

In December, 2019, reports surfaced alleging that Trump Jr. violated Mongolian law by killing argali sheep without proper permits. 

Then, The Center for Biological Diversity, a conservation group, called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate whether Trump Jr. imported argali parts back into the country, which would run afoul of U.S. law.

Trump Jr. was eventually granted permits, but only after the hunting trip had concluded.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eventually confirmed there was no basis for a criminal investigation.

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