The president was joined by several members of the Iowa delegation on Air Force One for his rally in Iowa on Tuesday, but King was not aboard the flight, according to a report from CNN.
King has largely been exiled from the Republican Party for making racist comments during an interview with the New York Times.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” the congressman told the Times in an article published in January.
That comment became the straw that broke the back for the Republican Party on King — who has many more ties to racism than just that comment. Shortly after the comment was made, Republican leadership, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and House Republican Caucus Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), all condemned King and stripped him of his committee assignments, essentially leaving him powerless in the House.
Several Republicans have asked for him to resign, but King has refused.
Although King largely faded from the headlines after being stripped of his power in the House, that doesn’t mean Republicans have forgotten about his unapologetic comments.
Trump reaffirmed that Tuesday when he barred him from flying to and from Iowa with the rest of the delegation aboard Air Force One.
According to CNN, King asked to join the delegation, but White House officials made it clear he wasn’t welcome on the flight.
While it is clear that the Republican Party wants nothing to do with King, it looks like he still hasn’t gotten the message. Beyond his resignation refusal, he has already announced he will run for re-election in 2020.
It might not be an easy race for King, however. His primary opponent already outpaces him in fundraising, and King’s team has been spending more than it brings in.