Steve King denied seat on Air Force One for Trump trip to Iowa: report

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingOcasio-Cortez rips Steve King after he shares video drinking from toilet-fountain hybrid at border Steve King says he drank from toilet at detention center Steve King jokes about China forcing Muslims to eat pork MORE (R-Iowa) was reportedly denied a seat on Air Force One on Tuesday as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE traveled to Iowa for a speaking event.

CNN, citing two GOP sources, reported that King asked the White House if he could join Trump on the visit and that officials within the Trump administration denied his request.

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The Hill has reached out to King’s office and the White House for comment.

King, a nine-term congressman who represents Iowa's 4th District, has drawn national attention for his rhetoric on immigration and was stripped of his committee assignments earlier this year for comments he made on white nationalism.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" he told The New York Times in an interview in January. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

King argued at the time that his remarks were taken out of context, though he was formally rebuked by Congress. The Iowa Republican announced the following month that he planned to run for reelection in 2020.