A former NFL player and friend of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiggest challenge to Keystone XL not political but economic Bannon encouraged Sessions to run for president before meeting Trump: report Fundamentals or euphoria? Both fueled post-election stock surge MORE Jr.'s has been tapped to serve as a liaison between the Interior Department, sportsmen’s groups and the White House.
Politico reported Friday that Jason Hairston, who founded and leads hunting gear company Kuiu, won’t be paid for his role as a go-between on conservation and public land policies.
Hairston is an avid hunter, as are Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump Jr., who offered Hairston the role.
The position is not a paid government job, and Hairston will continue to run his company and live in California, he said. An Interior spokesman said that “there's been no discussion of creating that job at Interior.”
Outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing are shaping up to be a high priority for the Trump administration, owing largely to Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric’s passion for hunting.
John Gale, director of conservation at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, welcomed Hairston’s appointment.
“The Trump administration has gone on record in its support of public lands and issues important to hunters and anglers. We would welcome the appointment of an industry leader such as Jason Hairston to a position designed to amplify sportsmen’s values and the importance of our public lands and waters,” Gale said in a statement.
Trump Jr. is a lifetime member of Gale’s organization.