The Latest: Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

November 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tweets on hunting trophies and other topics (all times local):

8:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump is expressing more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported.

In a tweet Sunday night, Trump appears to question whether “this horror show” actually aids in the conservation of any animal.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has argued that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. It announced Thursday that it would allow such importation, drawing criticism from animal rights advocates and environmental groups.

Trump decided Friday to delay the policy. In his Sunday tweet, he says he will announce a decision soon “but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.”


7:11 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he thinks Sen. Jeff Flake won’t support the Republican tax overhaul in Congress, issuing an insulting tweet against the Arizona Republican two days after Flake criticized the president.

Flake was caught on an open microphone Friday saying the GOP is “toast” if the party follows Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It was not a surprising sentiment given Flake’s previous criticism of Trump.

In a Sunday night tweet, Trump fired back: “Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’”

Flake announced last month he’s not seeking re-election. Flake is one of a handful of senators who have not committed to support the tax plan.

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