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Trump Says Mount Mckinley To Denali Name Change Is A "Great Insult"

The news of President Obama's decision to rename Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali, as it was known by Alaska natives prior to its renaming after the former U.S. President, was met with a blunt response by none other than republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Trump took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the name change yesterday. 

He wrote: "President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!"

The name change was met with controversy from within Capitol Hill and the state of Ohio itself, where the mountain's former namesake, President McKinley was from. 

"We have no problem whatsoever with Alaskans," Ohio's McKinley Museum curator Kimberly Kenney said to The New York Times. "We are happy for them. It's their mountain. It's just a little bit sad."

Others feel Obama is abusing his executive power with the name change. 

"I don't think he has the power to change it," Mr. Regula also said to the Times. "What's he going to do next, change the Ohio River to the U.S. Freeway?"

House Speaker John Boehner said he was "deeply disappointed" in the decision. 

The effort to federally recognize the Alaskan mountain as Denali began in 1975, and with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signing off on it, the name change represents the recognition of "the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives", according to the White House. 

Although the mountain honors former president McKinley, Jewell noted that he never visited Alaska, and did not have any significant historical connections to the state or the mountain. 

The order, signed on Friday and announced on Monday, comes at the outset of Obama's three-day environmental trip to Alaska. 

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter,ABC News, USA Today, The New York Times, White House

Photo Credit: Nic McPhee/Flickr


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