President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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.
The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report 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 SandersTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event 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) WallaceBiden vaccine mandate puts McConnell, GOP leaders in a tough spot The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Breyer says term limits would 'make life easier for me' 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.