Ex-NFL player to serve as Interior liaison

Ex-NFL player to serve as Interior liaison
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A former NFL player and friend of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpU.S. war ship nears Chinese island in first navigation challenge under Trump: report Poll: Americans disagree with Comey firing Thousands protested Trump visit in Belgium 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.

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“I’m absolutely going to take the position,” Hairston, who played for the San Francisco 49ers, told Politico. “It's really a role [Trump Jr.] was hoping to fill, but he can’t because of conflict of interest.”

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.