Trump says US ban on importing elephant trophies to remain in place: report

Trump says US ban on importing elephant trophies to remain in place: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE said in an interview that the U.S. ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe will remain in place, according to HuffPost.

Trump said in an interview with ITV's Piers Morgan, which is set to air Sunday, that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move to overturn an Obama-era ban on the import was "terrible."

“I didn’t want elephants killed and stuffed and have the tusks brought back into this [country] and people can talk all they want about preservation and all of the things that they’re saying where money goes towards ― well, money was going ― in that case, going to a government which was probably taking the money, OK? I turned that order around. You know, that was an order. I totally turned it around. Were you shocked that I did it?” the president said in comments obtained by HuffPost. 

The agency announced in November that the ban on the import of elephant trophies from the two African countries would be overturned because money made from the sport goes toward conservation efforts. 

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Trump faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats for the decision and later announced the move would be put on hold.

 

 

The president later tweeted, saying he did not understand how the "horror show" contributed to conservation efforts.