The new White House regulation overturns an Obama administration ban on elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
It caused outrage among animal activists with The Humane Society of the United States blasting the decision as “jarring.”
Mr Trump agreed the move despite the fact the animals have been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 1978.
The president’s eldest son, Donald Jr, caused an outcry several years ago after he was pictured on social media posing with a dead elephant.
Images have also emerged of another of Mr Trump’s sons, Eric, with a dead leopard and other animals.
“Reprehensible behaviour by the Trump Admin,” tweeted The Elephant Project, a nonprofit conservation organisation.
The group added: “100 elephants a day are already killed. This will lead to more poaching.”
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, brought up the widely-reported death of Cecil the Lion, who was shot dead in Zimbabwe by a dentist two years ago.
“Zimbabwe’s Elephant population has declined six per cent since 2001 and evidence shows that poaching has increased in areas where trophy hunting is permitted,” he said.
“Remember, it was Zimbabwe where Walter Palmer shot Cecil, one of the most beloved and well-studied African Lions, who was lured out of a national park for the killing. Palmer paid a big fee even though it did irreparable damage to the nation’s reputation.
“Let’s be clear: Elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the US government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them,” he added.
Since 2005, Zimbabwe’s Elephant population has dropped 10 per cent, while Zambia saw an 11 per cent decline over the last decade, according to National Geographic.
The National Rifle Association praised the decision, saying it was long overdue.
“By lifting the import ban on Lion trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Trump Administration underscored the importance of sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting to the survival and enhancement of game species in this country and worldwide,” said Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
“This is a significant step forward in having hunting receive the recognition it deserves as a tool of wildlife management, which had been all but buried in the previous administration,” he added.
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