Several conservative pundits and lawmakers questioned the decision, and this criticism didn’t sit well with Trump, who himself has criticized big-game hunting on occasion.

A White House official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record, said the president became uncomfortable with the decision as he learned more about it, and he decided to act…

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, spent part of Friday on Capitol Hill with Lara Trump, one of the president’s daughters-in-law, meeting with GOP lawmakers to push for passage of several animal protection bills. In recent months she has met with White House officials as well as Cabinet members to press for action on fronts including connecting homeless pets with veterans, preventing wild horses and burros from being euthanized, and stricter enforcement of policies related to “puppy mill” operations.