In case you missed it, it is expected that President Donald Trump will be visiting Utah – specifically San Juan County – as an official visit to approve Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to cut the size of Bears Ears National Monument.
According to White House Aid Sarah Sanders, Pres. Trump will visit in early December. Sanders declined today to get into whether the president will shrink the monument.
“We are pleased to hear and honored that the president will schedule a visit to Utah,” said Adam Trupp, UAC CEO. “While there is only speculation and no official announcement about the visit itself yet, we recognize that the President has shown an elevated interest in the Bears Ears National Monument and recommendation from Secretary Zinke and look forward to more details.”
According to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office, Trump informed him that he planned to accept Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to cut the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
“I was incredibly grateful the President called this morning to let us know that he is approving Secretary Zinke’s recommendation on Bears Ears,” Sen. Hatch said. “We believe in the importance of protecting these sacred antiquities, but Secretary Zinke and the Trump administration rolled up their sleeves to dig in, talk to locals, talk to local tribes, and find a better way to do it. We’ll continue to work closely with them moving forward to ensure Utahns have a voice.”
Stay tuned as we expect this to be a monumental visit – pun intended!