Donald Trump considering 'lion killer' Tony Neugebauer as Mexico ambassador

Neugebauer is the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners

Tony Neugebauer caused outrage with this photo taken in 2008

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A man who has caused controversy for hunting and killing lions is reportedly being considered by Donald Trump for the role of ambassador to Mexico.

Tony Neugebauer, who is under consideration according to the New York Post, is a billionaire financier and co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners. 

Neugebauer sparked outrage online by posting pictures of himself alongside a dead lion killed on safari in Tanzania in 2008. His wife, Melissa, exacerbated the controversy by writing excitedly after the safari "Toby's lion was a HUGE old black-maned lion full of the scars of life. A real trophy!"

The son of Texas Congressman, Neugebauer has previously donated $10 million to Ted Cruz, one of Trump's rivals in the Republican election primaries. However he switched his backing to Trump once Cruz pulled out of the race.

Significantly, Neugebauer reportedly supports Trump's stance on reinforcing the Mexican border - a position which might not go down well with the people of Mexico if he becomes America's top diplomat in the country.

Neugebauer was coy when asked if he believes he is a candidate for the role of Mexican ambassador, although he did say he could welcome it as an "act of service."

Jason Miller, a spokesperson for the Trump transition team, played down speculation about the Neugebauer appointment, telling reporters at a press conference “I’ve not heard his name being brought up for that position, but admittedly on that one I haven’t discussed that ambassadorship with the team that’s working on all those."