In a nod to Alaska's native population, former President Barack Obama announced in 2015 that he was officially renaming the country's tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali, its name in the indigenous Athabascan language. But during a March 2017 meeting in the Oval Office with Trump and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the President asked about changing the name back, Sullivan told the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, as reported by the Anchorage Dispatch News.
Trump asked Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan if they wanted him to rechange the name of Denali back to Mt. McKinley. They both said no.
"He looked at me and said, 'I heard that the big mountain in Alaska also had -- also its name was changed by executive action. Do you want us to reverse that?'" Sullivan said. "Lisa -- Sen. Murkowski -- and I jumped over the desk," Sullivan said. "We said no, no!" Trump, perplexed that the two Republicans wanted to keep an Obama-era decision, asked why.
Trump couldn't understand why the two senators were not as petty as him.
"The Alaska Native people named that mountain over 10,000 years ago," Sullivan said. "Denali, that was the name."
Sullivan's office confirmed the conversation to CNN. The White House declined to comment.