Donald Trump is leading the ever-dwindling cast of presidential candidates on the GOP side and he is looking ahead to appointing one of his sons as head of the Interior Department.
In an interview with Petersen’s Hunting, he offered both his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, as cabinet secretary because they are hunters and anglers and members of key conservation and Second Amendment groups.
Trump said “ideally” he wants an outdoorsman to run the agency that manages federal land.
“We understand hunting as conservation,” said Donald Jr. in the interview Schoby did for his magazine.
Donald Jr. said, “Our big inside joke over Thanksgiving and Christmas, now that this thing has become very real with the presidency, is, ‘Hey Don, the only thing you’d be doing in government is actually Interior.’ So I don’t know if I’d be the head of it or just informing the [head], but rest assured that hunters and shooters and others know that I’d have his ear.”
Trump said he is reluctant to turn over land to the states to sell off.
However, the Federal government isn’t authorized by the Constitution to own any land in a state except for very limited functions. Under the constitution, the states were meant to be the stewards of the land.
Trump is strongly opposed to gun free zones out of sheer logic. If he can do it legally, he said, he will overrule the states on the issue.
Both sons are long-time hunters and Donald Jr. said that he just became the youngest board member of Boone & Crockett Club, the nation’s oldest hunting and conservation group founded by former President Theodore Roosevelt.