President Trump is asking about what airport will be named for him once he leaves office. However he’s concerned that whatever airport is chosen, it needs to be nice enough. He didn’t accomplish the infrastructure investment he campaigned on, but worries that a dilapidated airport will bear his name.
In the dying days of his presidency, Donald Trump has taken to asking some aides and advisers about the process of naming airports after former U.S. presidents, according to two people who’ve heard him recently inquiring on this.
One of the two sources relayed that, in the past three weeks, Trump mentioned that “no president” wants an American airport that has a bad reputation or crumbling infrastructure named after them. The other knowledgeable source said that Trump had, at one point since the 2020 election, offhandedly asked what kind of “paperwork” was necessary to get an airport named after a former president.
Grover Norquist raised a ton of money for the ‘Reagan Legacy Project’ to have something named for Ronald Reagan in every state. That’s a key reason why Washington National airport was officially renamed Reagan National Airport. Of course, politics aside, those who have lived in the DC area for more than two decades continue to just call it National. Trump has reportedly hoped for an organized effort like that around renamings for him.
Airports are named for politicos all the time. San Jose’s airport is named for Norm Mineta, the Transportation Secretary who first oversaw the TSA (before there was a Department of Homeland Security). Little Rock airport is now the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Houston Intercontinental is named for Bush 41. New York’s Idlewild was renamed in honor of JFK. There’s Gerald Ford airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And Wichita’s airport is named for Dwight Eisenhower.
It’s actually not that unreasonable question for a soon-to-be ex-President to ask, what will be his naming legacy? Although it’s unusual for the President himself to do the asking. There’s naturally going to be pushback from the President’s opponents, but I wonder if a grand bargain isn’t possible here – an airport gets named for the President, but it’s Sioux City (code: SUX) or Fresno (code: FAT)?
(HT: René )