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 SullivanOvernight Defense: Trump hits Iranian central bank with sanctions | Trump meeting with Ukrainian leader at UN | Trump touts relationship with North Korea's Kim as 'best thing' for US Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall 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 ZinkeInterior gains new watchdog The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks BLM issues final plan for reduced Utah monument 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 MurkowskiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote 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.