Trump signs law that names a Detroit post office in Aretha Franklin’s honor

Just before he exits the White House, Donald Trump is showing The Queen of Soul some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

The one-term Republican president has signed a law that names a post office for Aretha Franklin, who died in 2018 at age 76.

“No matter where life took her, Aretha never forgot about her hometown of Detroit,” Democratic congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, the primary sponsor of the bill, said, according to the Associated Press. “Renaming this facility after her is a small gesture of gratitude for her countless contributions to Detroit and the United States.”

The 66-year-old politico has represented Detroit’s 14th district since 2015, after serving as the mayor of neighboring Southfield, Michigan, from 2001 to 2015.

According to the The Detroit News, Lawrence was “thrilled” by the bill’s passage and the chance to honor Franklin, who she considered a friend, saying it was “yet another opportunity to celebrate the outstanding life and legacy of our beloved ‘Queen of Soul.’”

The post office, known as Fox Creek Station, is located 5 miles east of downtown Detroit and not far from a concert amphitheater on the Detroit River that’s also named for the legendary recording artist.

Shortly after the 18-time Grammy Award winner’s death was announced Aug. 16, 2018, Trump faced backlash for making statements that about how Franklin “worked for” him when sharing his condolences.

|Daily News



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