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Pence to visit ICBM base

Pence to visit ICBM base
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Vice President Pence is set to visit North Dakota on Friday, where he'll tour Minot Air Force Base, the facility responsible for overseeing one of three intercontinental ballistic missile units in the U.S.

 

Pence will be accompanied by Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenSenate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA GOP anxious with Trump on trade GOP lawmakers to Trump: Don't fire Mueller MORE (R-N.D.), North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, the White House said Thursday.

During the trip, the vice president is expected to receive a briefing on the base's operations. The facility is the only one in the U.S. that contains both nuclear missile silos and planes that drop nuclear bombs.

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After the briefing, Pence will deliver remarks to airmen at the base, the White House said.

Wilson and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' | White House says Trump has confidence in VA chief | Russia concedes 'dozens' of civilians injured in Syria clash Pentagon: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' Russia concedes 'dozens' of citizens injured in clash with US forces in Syria MORE paid a visit to the facility last month.

Minot Air Force Base was cited in a 2014 review of the United States' nuclear weapons programs for its poorly maintained infrastructure, low morale among personnel and a high turnover rate.

The Pentagon is currently reviewing the country's nuclear weapons program, and President Trump has vowed to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal.