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

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWith surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Steve King challenger: 2020 Democrats have 'huge' opportunity to win over rural America Author sues NY Times after it calls him a 'white nationalist' MORE (R-Iowa) was reportedly denied a seat on Air Force One on Tuesday as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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.

Trump, who was traveling to Council Bluffs, was joined on his flight by Iowa Republican Sens. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstJuan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Mitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate Drug price outrage threatens to be liability for GOP MORE and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP can beat Democrats after impeachment — but it needs to do this one thing Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report Senate begins preparations for Trump trial MORE as well as Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerThe Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment unknowns await returning lawmakers Pressure builds over impeachment impasse in Senate Trump faces pivotal year with Russia on arms control MORE.


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.