Trump: District of Columbia 'will never be a state'

President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE rejected the idea of granting statehood to the District of Columbia, arguing in a new interview it would be too politically beneficial to Democrats.

“D.C. will never be a state,” Trump told The New York Post during an Oval Office interview on Monday. “You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.”

The District has a population of roughly 700,000, which is more than that of Wyoming or Vermont. The District does not have any voting power in Congress, as it has no senators and one nonvoting delegate in the House.


The House Oversight and Reform Committee in February advanced legislation to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, marking the first vote in Congress in nearly 30 years to grant full congressional representation for residents of the nation's capital. It has yet to reach the full House floor for a vote.

But Trump made clear his opposition to the idea, and signaled that Republicans would not support it.

"That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do," Trump said.

"Why don’t you just take two senators and put them in there?" he added. "No, it’s not gonna happen."

Washington, D.C., is a mostly Democratic city. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAmerica departs Afghanistan as China arrives Young, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump McConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' MORE carried the District's three electoral votes in the 2016 election, winning 90 percent of the vote to Trump's 4 percent.

Should it become a state, the District would receive one House member based on its current population.