Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington cemetery

Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington cemetery
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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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The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy White House releases menu for Australian state dinner MORE were ushered by military service members to place flags at headstones in Section 34, where famous soldiers such as Army Gen. John J. Pershing and Army Cpl. Frank Buckles, who was the oldest surviving World War I veteran, are buried.

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 SandersSarah Huckabee Sanders says she is 'relentlessly' attacked by women Sarah Sanders makes debut as Fox News contributor Sarah Sanders to publish book ahead of 2020 election 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.

The president told Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAmash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 Trump labels GOP challengers the 'Three Stooges' Pompeo: Taliban talks are dead 'for the time being' MORE that he “should have done that” but he was “extremely busy on calls for the country.”

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.