POTUS Makes Pit Stop in Alaska to Praise the ‘GREAT TROOPS’ Ahead of Memorial Day Visit in Japan

On his way to Japan over the Memorial Day weekend, the president stopped in Alaska to meet with U.S. service members.

President Donald Trump was welcomed by roughly 200 military members in Anchorage, Alaska, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as he shook hands and took photos with them briefly.

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“In Alaska with our GREAT TROOPS, departing shortly for Japan!” Trump wrote along with a video with the troops.

“These are great, great future leaders,” the president said. “[…] But we just got off the plane. I wanted to say hello. And these are tremendous people, so thank you all very much.”

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In the president’s Memorial Day proclamation, he praised the “brave Americans of every generation” who “have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country, our liberty, and our founding ideals.”

He wrote:

On Memorial Day, we humbly honor these incredible patriots and firmly renew our abiding commitment to uphold the principles for which they laid down their lives. As a free people, we have a sacred duty to remember the courageous warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that our great country would endure.

The president is spending the holiday overseas, as he landed in Japan on Saturday, where the meeting will display the strong ties between the two countries and the two leaders will talk about trade.

“Prime Minister Abe said to me, very specifically, ‘You are the guest of honor.’ There’s only one guest of honor … I’m the guest of honor at the biggest event that they’ve had in over 200 years,” Trump said at a news conference on Thursday, calling it a “great thing” that the U.S. gets along “very well with Japan” and the prime minister.

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