Utah legislators voted recently to name of stretch of state highway after President Trump.
The move is apparently intended as a “thank you” to the president for converting two national monuments – millions of acres – from federal- to state-held land.
In defense of the decision, President Trump stated to Utah legislators “No one values the spender of Utah more than you do. And no one knows better how to use it.”
The president said the national monuments were part of “a massive federal land grab” by the government under Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Both monuments were protected under the Antiquities Act.
Opponents of the move condemned Trump’s decision, claiming that the monuments protect rich natural and archeological resources.