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Trump asks to reverse Obama on name of Alaska mountain

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“Wasn’t the name of a big mountain in Alaska changed by executive order?”
— So-called President Trump

President Donald Trump brought up a campaign promise during a March meeting with the U.S. senators from Alaska, asking whether he could roll back President Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to rename the tallest mountain on the continent, spokespeople for the senators confirmed to Newsweek on Monday.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan were meeting with Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the Oval Office to talk about issues affecting Alaska, including the economy, the military and Arctic drilling. The senators brought up some Obama decisions they said hurt the state, and Trump asked Zinke after each one: “Can we change that and help Alaska?” The Alaska Dispatch News first reported the exchange after Sullivan mentioned it at a conference.

The president then raised another of Obama’s Alaska decisions. “Wasn’t the name of a big mountain in Alaska changed by executive order?” Trump asked, according to the newspaper. (Obama announced in 2015 the federal government was changing the name of Mount McKinley to Denali, the Native Alaska name for the peak.)

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