-- President Donald Trump has announced that his administration's plan to reverse a ban on big game trophies has been put on hold so he can "review all conservation facts."
However, Trump wrote on Twitter Friday evening that the decision had been placed on hold.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke followed Trump's tweet with a statement echoing that the administration believes conservation is "critical" and issuing permits would be delayed.
"President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical," Zinke said in a statement Friday night. "As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed."
The proposed reversal of the ban was met with widespread backlash, with celebrities and public figures taking to social media to criticize the president.
The ban on big game trophies had been put in place by the Obama administration in 2014.