Welcome To Trump International Airport: House Republicans Push To Rename DC Airport After Trump

Several Hosue Republicans introduced a bill this week to rename the Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, to the Donald J. Trump International Airport. The legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), who explained that the 45th president has shown the greatest leadership of any president during his lifetime.

The bill, while unlikely to be considered in the House, is the latest attempt by pro-Trump lawmakers to honor President Trump as he looks to secure another four years in the White House. "In my lifetime, our nation has never been greater than under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump," Reschenthaler said about his bill, per Fox News. "As millions of domestic and international travelers fly through the airport, there is no better symbol of freedom, prosperity, and strength than hearing 'Welcome to Trump International Airport' as they land on American soil."

The legislation is cosponsored by Reps. Michael Waltz (R-FL), Andy Ogles (R-TN), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Barry Moore (R-AL), and Troy Nehls (R-TX). According to the bill, if signed into law, "the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known and designated as the 'Donald J. Trump International Airport.'"

"Any reference in any law, regulation, map, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the airport referred to in subsection (a) shall be considered to be a reference to the Donald J. Trump International Airport," the bill, which is only two clauses long, says. The bill has already faced backlash from Democrats, with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who represents the area, stating, "Donald Trump is facing 91 felony charges. If Republicans want to name something after him, I'd suggest they find a federal prison."

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents a nearby district, vehemently opposed the name change, writing on X, "One of Trump's first acts as president was a racist Muslim ban that blocked permanent American residents from their own country. I went to Dulles to try to help innocent people caught up in the chaos. I remember grandparents detained for hours as their terrified families waited...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. 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."

The Dulles International Airport is currently named after former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles who was a dedicated anti-Communist in the Eisenhower administration. If the international airport is renamed after Trump, it would be the second DC-area airport named after a Republican president with the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia being the first.

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