Trump: Don’t give federal lands to states

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REENA FLORES — Real estate mogul Donald Trump would not let states take control of federal lands, the Republican presidential candidate said in a recent interview.Donald_Trump_August_19,_2015_(cropped)

“I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do,” Trump said during a talk with Field & Stream magazine earlier this week.

The trade publication, sitting down with Trump at Las Vegas’ Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show, had asked about the issue of turning over federally controlled lands to individual states — an idea previously floated by rival 2016 contender and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and supported by staunch states-rights activists.

The proposal has also received more attention in light of recent actions by radical conservatives like Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his son Ammon Bundy, who led an armed group earlier this month in occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest federal land use policies.

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3 Comments on "Trump: Don’t give federal lands to states"

  1. By God, that is a good way to get the Alaskan vote! Not……

  2. Isn’t this just spin? The implication is that another Republican candidate (other than one who isn’t running any longer) is all for it. Who might that be? Also, while I don’t care for Trump I would like to read exactly could any President could give back federal lands without the approval of Congress and then which lands in which states? I would offer Alaska as an example of how previous Presidents have accomplished this – not…….

  3. Interesting that yesterday’s ADN re delegation had an article is which Sullivan said, despite trump going beyond the pale with his non- immediate disavowal of David Duke and KKK, he would support Trump if nominee.

    On the other hand, both Young and Murkowski wouldn’t say who they supported, nor apparently give an opinion about Trump and David Duke. Their “lips were sealed.” (uncharacteristically for Young).

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