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NYC councilman wants Trump name removed from Queens hospital

New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich gives a

New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich gives a speech during a press conference at City Hall on August 21, 2014. Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich became the latest elected official to attempt to scrub the Trump family name from city property Tuesday, calling on Jamaica Hospital Medical Center to remove it from a pavilion after Donald Trump made "inflammatory" remarks about former prisoner of war Sen. John McCain.

Ulrich (R-Queens), chair of the council's veterans committee, addressed a letter to hospital president and CEO Bruce J. Flanz, saying the Trump name is detrimental to the hospital's relationship with its community.

Ulrich wrote of McCain (R-Ariz.), a Navy pilot who was shot down and held captive during the Vietnam War: "He was beaten, tortured and held in solitary confinement for five years. He is truly an American hero. Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is not."

Hospital spokesman Michael Hinck declined to comment.

Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, said Saturday in Iowa that McCain, who had criticized him, "is not a war hero," then sought to walk back his remarks. "He is a war hero because he was captured," the billionaire businessman said. "I like people that weren't captured, OK?"

The pavilion, a nursing and rehabilitation facility, was named for Donald Trump's late mother, Mary, but carries only the family's last name.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not respond to a request for comment. Ron Lieberman, executive vice president for the Trump Organization, told the Queens Chronicle that the name "cannot be removed" and resulted from "a major donation" from Donald Trump and his late father, Fred Trump.

On Monday, another councilman, Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), chair of the council's parks committee, launched a "Dump Trump" petition demanding that the city drop Trump's association with a Bronx golf course and park facilities in Central Park.

Levine said Trump's June 16 remarks about undocumented immigrants from Mexico were "racist" and "despicable."

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city cannot legally do so.

Correction: Previous versions of this story erred in saying the pavilion was named for Donald Trump, and that Trump's remarks on McCain's war record were made in Phoenix. He spoke in Iowa.

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