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 TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food 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 GibbsREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee House Republicans ask Amtrak CEO for information on Biden's train trips 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 SullivanSenate GOP gets short-lived win on unemployment fight McConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Sullivan returns to Alaska for family funeral amid Senate debate MORE (R-Alaska) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships MORE (R-Alaska).

Last year, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Interior finalizes plan to open 80 percent of Alaska petroleum reserve to drilling | Justice Department lawyers acknowledge presidential transition in court filing | Trump admin pushes for permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Trump administration pushes for grazing permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Interior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report 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.”