Alaska senators tell Trump not to change back name of mountain

Alaska lawmakers reportedly declined President Trump’s offer to change the name of North America's largest mountain from Denali back to Mount McKinley.

Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanBottom line US security starts in the Arctic Senate confirms nation's first African American service chief MORE (R-Alaska), during a speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention Saturday, said Trump offered to reverse the Obama-era order changing the name during a meeting in March with Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senior Interior official contacted former employer, violating ethics pledge: watchdog | Ag secretary orders environmental rollbacks for Forest Service | Senate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Senior Interior official contacted former employer, violating ethics pledge: watchdog Overnight Energy: Trump officials may pursue offshore drilling after election, report says | Energy regulators to delay projects pending appeals | EPA union calls for 'moratorium' on reopening plans MORE, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

"He looked at me and said, 'I heard that the big mountain in Alaska also had — also its name was changed by executive action,' ” Sullivan said of trump. “Do you want us to reverse that?' "

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Sullivan said that he and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Senators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops MORE (R-Alaska) “jumped over the desk, we said, ‘No! No. Don't want to reverse that,’ ” according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Sullivan said Trump was amiable to the senators’ insistence, saying "all right, we won't do that."

Former President Obama changed the name in an executive order in 2015, honoring the mountain’s native Athabascan name.

Sullivan, whose wife is Athabascan, said he told Trump that if "you change that name back now, she's going to be really, really mad."

During the early months of Trump’s presidential campaign, he promised to reverse Obama's order and change the mountain's name back to McKinley. At the time, Trump called Obama's order an “insult” to Ohio, where former President William McKinley was born.