Ohio lawmakers urge Trump to change Denali's name back to Mt. McKinley

Ohio lawmakers urge Trump to change Denali's name back to Mt. McKinley
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GOP lawmakers from Ohio are pressing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE to uphold a promise to reverse former President Obama's decision and rename the Alaskan mountain Denali to its old name, Mt. McKinley.

In a letter to Trump, the 11 lawmakers say it was "disrespectful" for Obama to change the name of the mountain, which had been named after William McKinley, a former president from Ohio. The mountain was named after the 25th president in 1896.


"President William McKinley's legacy should not be compromised by a political stunt," the letter signed by Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsJudge rules against Trump attempt to delay Obama water rule House Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program Ohio to vote on redistricting reform MORE (R-Ohio) and other lawmakers stated. 

"Mr. President, we appreciate your comments opposing the Obama administration's actions and stand ready to work with you to preserve William McKinley's legacy by restoring President William McKinley's name to the Alaska mountain."

In 2015 Trump tweeted in response to Obama's decision to change the mountain's name, "President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!"

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Members of Congress representing Alaska have resisted a name change. They say the mountain was named Denali by the native Athabascan people 10,000 years ago.

A Trump effort to reverse the name last year reportedly met stiff opposition from Sens. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Spotlight shifts to Kavanaugh ahead of hearings GOP senator: Trump firing Sessions wouldn't be 'politically wise' MORE (R-Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiProgressive group targets Collins, Murkowski after Kavanaugh allegation Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas GOP can't sweep Kavanaugh bombshell under the rug MORE (R-Alaska).

Last year, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Big-game hunters infuriated by Trump elephant trophy debacle Interior moves ahead with opening wildlife refuge next to contaminated nuclear site MORE also told local press in Alaska that he thought the name of the mountain was "settled." Adding, "On such decisions, I think Alaska has a say.”