Trump Is Already Wondering What Airport Will Bear His Name
In the final days of his presidency, Donald Trump has been asking a number of advisors and advisers about the process of naming airports after former U.S. presidents, according to two people who recently asked him.
One of the two sources reported that Trump mentioned for the past three weeks that "no president" wants an American airport that has a bad reputation or a crumbling infrastructure named after them. The other knowledgeable source said Trump had casually asked at some point since the 2020 elections what kind of “paperwork” it would take to get an airport named after a former president.
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Trump's focus on airport names suggests his mind has begun to wonder about the ceremonial elements that accompany life after the presidency. It also shows that his infatuation with the infrastructure adorned with his name did not diminish when he assumed the most powerful position in the world.
Another person close to Trump told The Daily Beast that she recalled the president having mentioned at least a couple of times since early 2018 his desire for a domestic or international airport in the US, which was named after "Donald J. Trump, "and he hoped there would be an aggressive organized effort similar to the push to name the Washington, DC domestic airport after President Ronald Reagan. This source also said they had once heard President Trump touch on what kind of Navy aircraft carrier he plans to commission and christen in the years following his term as "USS Donald Trump". (But he can never get one either.)
The United States has airports named after former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. are named. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George Washington (technically, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is named after both the 40th and first US President). In the case of the namesake of Reagan and Washington, President Clinton signed law adding the name of the former. After JFK's assassination, then-Mayor of New York, Robert Wagner, proposed changing the name of the international airport in honor of the murdered Democrat.
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Trump will most likely have a number of allied state and national politicians eager to demonstrate their dedication to him with a push to name the airport. However, the process should only take place after he has left office. The fact that he is on his mind now, in the midst of an exploding coronavirus crisis and accompanying economic problems, shows how far his attention can wander even in weighty and difficult moments.
Trump has considered other post-presidency options beyond naming at the airport. He's been talking quietly about restarting his reality TV show The Apprentice. He has started trying out a few scenarios of how the GOP can be reconciled with him over the next four years should he decide to run again in 2024 and how he can bring President-elect Joe Biden to the stage, possibly on the day of inauguration next month. And he worries that Biden might get credit for distributing COVID-19 vaccines the next time he is administered, and worries about what kind of legal drama might be waiting for him on the other side of the presidency.
But even as he contemplates life outside the corridors of power in Washington, President Trump has relentlessly spread lies to his supporters and voters that he won the election he clearly lost. In the past few days, Trump has also shown extreme ways to overthrow the will of voters, including meeting conspiracy lawyer Sidney Powell at the White House on Friday to discuss the appointment of her "special adviser" to investigate her baseless allegations of massive conspiracy against Trump election fraud.
According to the New York Times, Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security advisor, was also at the White House meeting where Trump even asked about Flynn's absurd suggestion that his former boss could invoke martial law to reach the US Military to "re-run" the 2020 presidential election.
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