Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has been accused of using a photo of himself with a bear to promote his campaign.
The photo was tweeted by campaign chairman Paul Manafort and circulated widely after being shared on social media on Friday.
Trump, however, says the photo was taken at a bear sanctuary.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The campaign also defended its use of the photo on Saturday, tweeting: The bear was shot on a very large range, it was a big bear, not a bear that you see on Instagram.
In fact, the photo shows a real bear.
This photo was not a publicity photo taken at the Trump bear sanctuary in Wisconsin.
In this photo, the Trump campaign is in Wisconsin to promote their campaign and the bear was not harmed in any way.
The bear is in a beautiful spot in a forest.
In Wisconsin, a bear can live to be 70.
The fact that he was killed in such a remote location and by someone who is so ignorant of bears and the laws of bears should be cause for alarm.
The photo is from the campaign’s campaign trip to a bear-friendly sanctuary in rural Wisconsin, where volunteers and photographers shot the bear, said Matt Baker, a spokesperson for the Trump presidential campaign.
He did not know if the bear had ever been to bear country, but said it was not the type of bear that is typically spotted in Wisconsin and that it was taken to be photographed by volunteers.
The photo was snapped at the Bear Haven Sanctuary, where volunteer and campaign photographer John Rocha said volunteers helped him shoot a bear.
He said he and his team did not use any bear spray.
“He’s a big, big bear,” Rochas said of the bear in the photo.
Bear Haven Sanctuary has been a bear refuge since 1984, and Rochs campaign has been there since 2006.
Baker said the bear and his crew were on a mission to help the bear.
“We had a few guys that were in a bear harness, but we couldn’t go inside the bear cage because the cage was closed,” Baker said.
“We were in the woods, and there was a bear in a cage.”
The Trump campaign has a campaign office in the Wisconsin woods, Baker said, but the bear is not an employee.
The campaign said the campaign has no involvement in bear management and that the photo did not take place at Bear Haven.
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