Trump Touches Down In Hawaii Before Tour Of Asia

UPDATED: After a briefing with the leaders of the U.S. Pacific Command, the president visited the USS Arizona Memorial.

By The Associated Press /
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(AP) — Embarking on his first official tour of Asia, President Donald Trump stopped first in Honolulu on Friday.

Trump paid a solemn visit to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

Trump saluted after entering the memorial following a short boat ride with first lady Melania Trump. They approached a wreath of white flowers — a gift from the couple — and watched as two sailors placed it near a wall of names of those who died after a surprise attack by Japan that plunged the U.S. into World War II.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

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The Trumps then tossed white flower petals into the water above the battleship’s sunken hull.

The president did not speak publicly at the memorial. He said during an earlier meeting with military officials that he eagerly anticipated the visit.

Trump arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Friday afternoon after a daylong flight from Washington. He departs Saturday for Japan, the first stop on the five-nation, 11-day Asia journey that will also take him to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The president quickly donned a lei after he left Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump, who also wore a wreath of flowers. He signed autographs and gave high-fives to kids who were among a group of civilians and service members that gathered for the arrival.

Trump wasn’t the only attraction to arrive on base. A few in the crowd shouted for White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“We love you General Kelly,” one person shouted at the retired four-star Marine general who is among senior White House aides traveling with Trump.

Before going to the Arizona memorial, Trump took part in a briefing with leaders of the U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the region.

They were expected to discuss the growing threat from North Korea, a crisis that will shadow the entire trip. Trump was also scheduled to meet with the governors of Alaska, Hawaii and Pacific U.S. territories — all potential targets of any successful attempt by North Korea to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.

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