Trump Son's Boise Visit Touches On Public Lands, Refugee Tweet

Sep 23, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. talks to reporters at the Boise Airport.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

After an hour-long fundraiser with Trump supporters in Boise, the eldest child of presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke briefly to reporters Thursday. Wearing jeans and cowboy boots, Donald Trump Jr. made his love of western states known.

“I love the West," says the New York businessman, "I love the western states, I’m a big outdoorsman. I was always drawn to this part of the world and I’m just excited to be here."

Donald Trump Jr. says if his father becomes president, he would like to be involved in helping to select Interior Department officials. He also broke from some Idaho republicans who are in favor of giving control of federal lands to the state. He says that his father wants to “make sure that public lands stay public.”  

“We want to encourage more involvement of the states; the people who are there. We don’t want bureaucrats in D.C. deciding what happens on those lands. But we also don’t want to haphazardly sell them to fund a budget deficit on a state level.”

The eldest Trump child also defended a tweet he posted earlier this week that got him attention he wasn’t expecting. The Monday tweet was a picture of bowl of candy, with the warning: “If had a bowl of Skittles and told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” The post concluded with: "That's our Syrian refugee problem."

Donald Trump Jr. headed to Colorado after his quick stop in Idaho.

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