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

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' Overnight Defense: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey | 'Small number' of troops to remain by Syrian oil fields | Defense official's impeachment testimony delayed five hours after Republicans storm secure room MORE (R-Iowa) was reportedly denied a seat on Air Force One on Tuesday as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse drip-bombing of witness testimony softens landing zone for public support Republican who aided in Clinton impeachment trial: Trump Ukraine phone call 'troublesome' Trump highlights Gingrich comments on 'coup' by 'left-wingers' 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 ErnstThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Senate talks on stalled Violence Against Women Act reauthorization unravel MORE and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFalling investment revives attacks against Trump's tax cuts Overnight Health Care: CDC links vitamin E oil to vaping illnesses | White House calls Pelosi drug price plan 'unworkable' | Dem offers bill for state-based 'Medicare for All' White House says Pelosi plan to lower drug prices 'unworkable' MORE as well as Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Female lawmakers make bipartisan push for more women in politics at All In Together gala Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden 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.