Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington cemetery

Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington cemetery
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE on Thursday made an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day.

The presidential motorcade arrived at the burial ground just outside of Washington, D.C., at about 2:20 p.m.

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Trump will be on a state visit to Japan when Memorial Day is observed on Monday.

He is expected to attend an event with U.S. troops at Yokosuka Naval Base to mark the holiday, but White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' MORE Sanders said he wanted to visit Arlington as well.

Trump expressed regret last year after facing criticism for not visiting the cemetery on Veterans Day.

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Trump had been in Paris on November 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I but had no public events scheduled upon his return on November 12, when Veterans Day was observed.