President Trump emphatically shot down the notion of the District of Columbia gaining statehood, insisting the idea would be too politically beneficial to Democrats.
“D.C. will never be a state,” Trump told The New York Post during an Oval Office interview Monday. “You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So, we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.”
The president also suggested that his GOP colleagues would not support such a measure.
“That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do,” Trump said.
In February, the House Oversight and Reform Committee advanced legislation to make D.C. the 51st state, marking the first vote in Congress in nearly 30 years to grant full congressional representation for the city’s residents. That measure has yet to reach the full House floor for a vote.
D.C. has no voting power, congressional voting power or senators and just one nonvoting delegate in the House, despite its population of roughly 700,000 — more than Wyoming or Vermont.