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NYC Council member wants Trump name removed from Queens hospital

Republican Queens 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 Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war.

Ulrich, chair of the council's veterans committee, addressed a letter to hospital president and chief executive Bruce J. Flanz, saying the Trump name is detrimental to the hospital's relationship with its community.

Ulrich wrote of McCain, 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 "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.

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.

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