AceShowbiz - It seems Donald Trump has made a wrong movement. The President of America is sued by a slew of wilderness groups for shrinking two national monuments in Utah by more than half its size. The lawsuit against Trump came shortly after he announced the decision at the State Capitol on Monday, December 4.
Trump announced that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be reduced by half, from nearly 3,000 square miles to 1,569 square miles. He also announced that he would reduce Bears Ears National Monument. He added that the move was aimed in part at helping local communities access the land for hunting and grazing.
"Here, and in other affected states, we have seen harmful and unnecessary restrictions on hunting, ranching and responsible economic development," Trump stated. "We have seen grazing restrictions prevent ranching families from passing their businesses and beloved heritage on to the children."
In documents obtained by TMZ, Trump's controversial decision to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was decribed as an attempt to reverse President Bill Clinton's 1996 decision to create the monument. The group believed that the cut would violate the Antiquities Act, in which presidents are only allowed to create national monuments and not reducing them.
Vice president of the Navajo Nation, Jonathan Nez, stated that Trump ignored the treaty rights of sovereign native American nations and that the Interior department did not listen to tribal leaders who fought to create the monument. "It's a sad day in Indian country," so Nez said.
Meanwhile, director of public lands program at Center for Biology Diversity, Randi Spivak, said that Trump's move had marked him as the worst president in modern history. "Trump has no clue how much people love these sacred and irreplaceable landscapes, but he's about to find out," he said. "He's shown his blatant disregard for public lands, native Americans and the law. We look forward to seeing him in court."