Navajo leader says renaming Utah highway for Trump an insult

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The president of the Navajo Nation says a proposal that would have renamed a Utah highway after Donald Trump was insulting.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says naming the highway that connects national parks such as Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon after President Trump would have been like pouring salt on an open wound.

A coalition of tribes is suing over Trump’s decision to downsize Bears Ears National Monument. The tribes consider the expanse of land in southern Utah sacred.

Utah Republican state Rep. Mike Noel said late Wednesday that he was dropping his proposal because he was worn out after receiving heavy criticism about the measure.

That included pushback from state Democrats, including a suggestion to name a ramp after porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

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