Republicans want to rename Dulles International Airport for Trump

A high Home Republican launched laws Tuesday that might rename Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport after former President Donald Trump.

Rep. Man Reschenthaler’s invoice seeks to rechristen the Northern Virginia hub, situated about 25 miles outdoors the nation’s capital, as Donald J. Trump Worldwide Airport. 

Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) is the Home GOP’s chief deputy whip and his effort is backed by at the very least half a dozen members of the Republican caucus, together with Reps. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Troy Nehls (R-Texas), Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.), Barry Moore (R-Ala.), and Mike Waltz (R-Fla.).

“In my lifetime, our nation has by no means been higher than beneath the management of President Donald J. Trump,” Reschenthaler mentioned in a press release. 

A gaggle of Home Republicans are pushing to rename the Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport in Virginia after former President Donald Trump. Photograph by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Submit by way of Getty Pictures

“As thousands and thousands of home and worldwide vacationers fly by the airport, there isn’t any higher image of freedom, prosperity, and power than listening to ‘Welcome to Trump Worldwide Airport’ as they land on American soil,” he added. 

The Pennsylvania Republican cited the forty fifth president’s report on the financial system, vitality coverage and border safety, his historic number of judicial appointments, and his “peace by power” diplomacy as causes to bestow him with the glory. 

“Freedom. Prosperity. Power. That’s what America stood for beneath the management of President Donald J. Trump — one of the best president of my lifetime,” Reschenthaler wrote on X. 

The invoice was launched by Rep. Man Reschenthaler. CQ-Roll Name, Inc by way of Getty Pictures

The invoice has just about no likelihood of changing into legislation with Democrats controlling the Senate and the White Home. 

Virginia Democrats blasted Reschenthaler’s efforts to rename Dulles after the presumptive GOP nominee for president. 

“Donald Trump is dealing with 91 felony fees. If Republicans wish to identify one thing after him, I’d counsel they discover a federal jail,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) wrote on X. 

Connolly’s eleventh District seat encompasses elements of the sprawling worldwide airport, which in 2023 was ranked thirty third out of 764 U.S. airports when it comes to passenger visitors, in response to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 

“That is simply one other in an extended listing of cases the place excessive Home Republicans have proven how unserious & delusional they’re,” tweeted Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), whose tenth Congressional District contains the remainder of Dulles. 

“Let’s get to work on the actual points the American folks despatched us right here for — not renaming an airport after somebody who sought to undermine our democracy,” she added. 

The invoice has little likelihood of being taken up by the Democrat-controlled Senate. Stephen Yang for NY Submit

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), one other Northern Virginia Democrat against the invoice, argued that Trump’s 2017 journey ban from 5 Muslim-majority international locations “blocked everlasting American residents from their very own nation” by barring them from coming into the US by Dulles.

“I went to Dulles to attempt to assist harmless folks caught up within the chaos,” Beyer wrote on X. “I keep in mind grandparents detained for hours as their terrified households waited.”

Beyer argued that the Republicans sponsoring the invoice “know Dulles won’t ever be renamed after Trump.”

“Once more, that’s not the purpose, the purpose is to suck as much as their Pricey Chief.” 

Dulles Airport, which opened in 1962, is known as after former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who additionally represented New York within the Senate as a Republican for 4 months in 1949.

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