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 HoevenOvernight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate 74 protesters charged at Capitol in protest of Kavanaugh Big Oil’s carbon capture tax credit betrayal 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 MattisArmy chief: Poland doesn’t have space for ‘Fort Trump’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump Overnight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes 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.