Rep. Steve King’s request to fly with President Donald Trump to his home state of Iowa on Air Force One on Tuesday was denied by administration officials, CNN reports.
Trump traveled to Iowa to attend a GOP fundraiser. King, who represents the state’s 4th District in Western Iowa, six months ago was booted off all his committee assignments for racist remarks he made to The New York Times.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King was quoted as saying. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Still, though, the Iowa Republican was invited to attend the fundraiser where Trump would speak Tuesday.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesperson Brooke Goren criticized the fact King was invited.
“Whether they’re rubbing elbows with wealthy Republican donors or working together in Washington to rip healthcare away from Iowans with preexisting conditions, Congressman Steve King and President Trump are two peas in a pod,” said Goren, per the HuffPost.
Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., did fly with Trump.