“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,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a Tuesday statement. “Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are avid outdoorsman and supporters of conservation efforts, which align with the goals of this event, however they are not involved in any capacity.”
Hicks' comments follow a Center for Public Integrity report that found the “Opening Day Event” scheduled for inauguration weekend would be hosted by the Opening Day Foundation, a nonprofit that was incorporated in Texas just last week. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are two of the four registered directors of the foundation, and were also listed as “honorary co-chairmen” of the charity event on an invitation obtained by TMZ.
Donors who give $250,000 or more would have the opportunity to meet with Trump, and those who donate $500,000 or more would get a “multi-day hunting and/or fishing excursion” with Trump’s adult sons, according to that draft invitation.
Event organizers have thus far declined to confirm the hunting trip offers to TPM. Hicks told the Wall Street Journal that the President-elect is “not aware of the event or the details pertaining to” it, and did not respond to the newspaper's question about his plans to attend.