The president and first lady landed in Hawaii on Friday afternoon for a one-day stopover that’s caused significant gridlock throughout the urban core and is severely limiting access to the state’s no. 1 tourist destination.
The first couple landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam about 1:10 p.m. Friday.
After stepping off Air Force One, hand-in-hand with First Lady Melania Trump, the president received a maile lei and the first couple was greeted by Gov. David Ige, U.S Pacific Command Adm. Harry Harris, and other dignitaries.
Trump then shook hands and posed for photos with members of the military and their families who had gathered to meet him.
While the first lady headed to Waikiki, the president went to Camp Smith for a meeting with PACOM leaders.
“I tell you, this is very special being in Hawaii,” the president said, according to a pool report. The president also expressed excitement about the prospect of visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial later in the afternoon.
He said he’s “read about, spoken about, heard about, studied, but I haven’t seen” Pearl Harbor.
But when he got there he did something that stunned the press into silence. They were expecting Trump to do what all past presidents have done – make it a big spectacle and bore everyone with a tedious speech written by some intern.
After approaching with a wreath of white flowers, which they gifted at the site, they paid attention closely as two sailors placed the wreath near the wall written with names of all the people who died in the surprise Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into the war.
But what Melania Tweeted made every American proud of our First Lady:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 4, 2017
What a remarkable honor he displayed at this monument! His love of America and the people is obvious. Best of all his willingness to stand and show the world. No to be forgotten or overlooked, his lovely wife and our First Lady who never fails to show her support and love of country. Thankyou you both!
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