Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington cemetery

Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington cemetery
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump calls off Iran strike at last minute The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept 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 SandersApril Ryan on 'farewell drinks' for Sarah Sanders: 'I won't be there!' Huckabee downplays daughter Sarah Sanders's 'imminent' run for Arkansas governor Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time 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) WallaceBullock: Missing first debate not a 'blow to my campaign' Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders 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.