PRESIDENT Donald Trump reportedly wants an airport named after him and has inquired about the matter during his final weeks in the White House.
The 45th president has asked some of his advisers and aides about what it takes to name airports after former American presidents, two sources who heard him say such told The Daily Beast on Monday.
President Donald Trump reportedly asked advisers and aides about the process of naming an airport after a former president [/caption]
Trump said “no president” wants an airport named after them that has a poor reputation or has deteriorating infrastructure, one of the sources said.
At one point since the presidential election, Trump has asked what type of “paperwork” is needed to name an airport after a former US commander-in-chief, the other source said.
Trump has mentioned at least two times since early 2018 that the wants a national or international airport to bear his name, a person close to the president told the media outlet.
President Donald Trump reportedly said ‘no president’ wants an airport names after them that is in poor condition [/caption]
The president apparently wished for an aggressive, organized campaign to name an airport “Donald J. Trump,” as materialized for former President Ronald Reagan in Washington, DC.
The White House and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Sun on Monday.
Former presidents who have airports named after them include George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Reagan and George Washington.
President Donald Trump apparently asked about naming an airport after a former president at least a couple time since 2018[/caption]
At least two former presidents have not pushed the renaming on their own.
After Kennedy was assassinated, then-New York City Mayor Robert Wagner proposed that the international airport in Queens be renamed after the Democrat.
Meanwhile, Clinton signed legislation adding Reagan’s name to Washington National Airport, making it Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Trump’s supposed push to have an airport renamed in his honor suggests he is thinking about life after the presidency, despite his continued refusal to admit he lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden.
President Donald Trump apparently has inquired about Navy aircraft carriers that could be christened ‘USS Donald Trump’[/caption]
It also signals his efforts to remain prominent after he departs the White House.
Trump has reportedly strategized around keeping Republicans behind him should he run for president in 2024, and talked about restarting his hit reality TV show The Apprentice.
Besides airports, Trump has inquired about Navy aircraft carriers that could be commissioned and christened the “USS Donald Trump,” a person told The Daily Beast.
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Earlier this year, Trump South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said that he asked her how he could add his face to presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
“He goes, ‘Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?’ I started laughing. He wasn’t laughing, so he was totally serious,” Noem said.
Trump claimed: “Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me.”