Apr 3, 2024 - News

GOP push to rename Dulles after Trump

Former President Trump disembarking his plane, while wearing a blue suit with a red tie.

Former President Trump on June 13, 2023. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

A group of House Republicans led by a member of the GOP leadership is introducing a bill to rename Dulles International Airport after former President Trump.

The big picture: It's a display of the deference many congressional Republicans have for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Driving the news: The two-page bill seeks to rename the airport to the "Donald J. Trump International Airport" and require all government documents to refer to it as such.

  • The airport is currently named for John Foster Dulles, a former secretary of state under President Dwight Eisenhower who fought against communism during the early stages of the Cold War.

Between the lines: The proposal is sure to get resounding pushback from Democrats in the House, where Republicans have a tiny majority.

  • Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), whose Northern Virginia district is near Dulles, pointed to detentions that took place at Dulles after Trump implemented his infamous Muslim travel ban shortly after taking office in 2017.
  • "I remember Republicans like those who wrote this bill hiding and giving mealy mouthed responses when asked about the suffering Trump's Muslim ban caused," he said in a post on X.
  • "They know Dulles will never be renamed after Trump. Again, that's not the point, the point is to suck up to their Dear Leader."

Zoom in: Led by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), House Republicans' chief deputy whip, the measure is backed by a half dozen of his colleagues.

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