“Off record – we don’t comment on private conversations,” Deere said in an email.
But since Palm Beach International is just a few miles from Mar-a-Lago where Trump, his wife and son Barron are expected to live, it seems the most likely airport he’d eye for a renaming in his honour if that is what he wants.
Can’t rule out Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, either. Both are also close to Trump’s proposed adopted home base.
Melania Trump reportedly toured Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale recently as a potential school for the couple’s teenage son, Barron.
Daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner bought a $30 million Indian Creek Village plot of land in Miami-Dade County earlier in December.
Christian Ziegler, a top official with the Republican Party of Florida, has already suggested a Palm Beach International renaming to Trump International Airport. As such, it “would be the South Florida gateway for the former president’s adoring fans,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.
A spokeswoman for Palm Beach International said the airport hadn’t been approached about a name change.
“We should absolutely be looking at Florida for a presidential library. It would be a fantastic economic generator,” Ziegler told the Sun-Sentinel.
The library may be easier to accomplish, although Trump has not expressed interest in founding a library and is under no legal obligation to do so. Presidential libraries. which usually store the eponymous leader’s private papers, are paid for by fundraising bodies.
Plans to build the Barack Obama Presidential Centre in Chicago have hit several planning roadblocks.
To get an airport named after a president, “a local government has to be willing to entertain the notion,” according to travel website The Points Guy.
It would help if the state is Republican.
Florida is a conservative red state: the state’s 29 electoral votes went to Trump.
The Palm Beach County Commission would have to push for a renaming of its airport, but the Palm Beach county went for Biden who received 56.1 per cent of the popular vote in the presidential election.
Biden won Miami-Dade with 53.4 per cent.
If Trump should get an airport in the US, he’d join the ranks of 10 former presidents from both major parties.
These presidents include Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, Illinois), Theodore Roosevelt (Dickinson, North Dakota), Dwight Eisenhower (Wichita, Kansas), John Kennedy (New York), Gerald Ford (Grand Rapids, Michigan), George Washington and Ronald Reagan (sharing Virginia’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) and George H.W. Bush (Houston).
Also, in March 2012, Adams Field in Little Rock, Arkansas, was renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
Jimmy Carter has a regional airport named for him in Georgia. Obama? Not yet.