Trump wants an airport named after him when he leaves office, report claims

DONALD Trump reportedly wants an airport named after him when he leaves office.

The president has asked his advisers and aides about the process of naming airports after former American leaders, sources told The Daily Beast. 

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. 

Since early 2018, Trump has mentioned at least two times that he wants a national or international airport to bear his name, a person close to the president told the media outlet. 

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, John F. Kennedy, Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington.

At least two former presidents have not pushed the name changes 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. 

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. 

Earlier this year, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said that Trump asked her how he could add his face to join past presidents on 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.”

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