The Donald Trump post-inauguration event selling hunting and fishing trips with his two sons is now off. It was apparently an unapproved “initial concept”!
WOS spread the news about a TMZ story saying the Trump sons would be participating in a post-inauguration bash that included hunting and fishing trip packages. Today, that story has changed, as it is now being reported that Donald Jr. and Eric Trump will not, in fact, be participating in any such trips with potential buyers of those $1 million packages.
President Trump’s transition team indicated that the event plan to offer packages that included multi-day hunting and/or fishing trips with either Donald Jr. or Eric Trump were unapproved “initial concepts.” These concepts have subsequently been shelved, presumably to avoid any appearance of impropriety with the appearance of selling access to the First Family.
A statement released by the Trump team spokesperson Hope Hicks late yesterday indicates:
“The Opening Day event and details that have been reported are merely initial concepts that have not been approved or pursued by the Trump family,” and that “Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are avid outdoorsmen and supporters of conservation efforts, which align with the goals of this event; however, they are not involved in any capacity.”
A spokesman for the post-inauguration event indicated that the preliminary invitations and concept were merely “working information that got out there that was incomplete.”
A new version of the event invitation omits references to meeting with or photo opportunities with the president. References to the hunting and fishing trips with Donald Jr. and Eric Trump have also been removed.
The donation packages remain but they now advertise photo opportunities with “VIPs and celebrities associated with the event” rather than with the Trumps. Autographed guitars and memorabilia from performers at the event, including Toby Keith and Alabama, are also still part of the packages.
The trips with the Trump sons was a novel idea, but unfortunately looks like it would have run afoul of certain ethical standards. All proceeds from the fundraiser are still slated to go to wildlife conservation charities.
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