Ohio lawmakers urge Trump to change Denali's name back to Mt. McKinley

Ohio lawmakers urge Trump to change Denali's name back to Mt. McKinley
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GOP lawmakers from Ohio are pressing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE to uphold a promise to reverse former President Obama's decision and rename the Alaskan mountain Denali to its old name, Mt. McKinley.

In a letter to Trump, the 11 lawmakers say it was "disrespectful" for Obama to change the name of the mountain, which had been named after William McKinley, a former president from Ohio. The mountain was named after the 25th president in 1896.

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"President William McKinley's legacy should not be compromised by a political stunt," the letter signed by Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program Ohio to vote on redistricting reform Former Ohio football star faces conservative rival in GOP primary fight MORE (R-Ohio) and other lawmakers stated. 

"Mr. President, we appreciate your comments opposing the Obama administration's actions and stand ready to work with you to preserve William McKinley's legacy by restoring President William McKinley's name to the Alaska mountain."

In 2015 Trump tweeted in response to Obama's decision to change the mountain's name, "President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!"

Trump won the swing state of Ohio in the 2016 presidential contest by a relatively comfortable margin over Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE

Members of Congress representing Alaska have resisted a name change. They say the mountain was named Denali by the native Athabascan people 10,000 years ago.

A Trump effort to reverse the name last year reportedly met stiff opposition from Sens. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanDems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act GOP senator: NATO summit 'turned out well' Sunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin MORE (R-Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Alaska).

Last year, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Fewer than half of school districts test for lead | Dems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act | FEMA avoids climate change when discussing plan for future storms Trump’s policies blasting at the foundations of conservation in public land law Watchdog: First lady spokeswoman may have violated Hatch Act with ‘MAGA’ tweet MORE also told local press in Alaska that he thought the name of the mountain was "settled." Adding, "On such decisions, I think Alaska has a say.”