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Trump Visits Hawaii Ahead of 2-Week Asia Tour

President Donald Trump greets soldiers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on Nov. 3. (Stars and Stripes photo/Wyatt Olson)
President Donald Trump greets soldiers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on Nov. 3. (Stars and Stripes photo/Wyatt Olson)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM -- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were greeted with leis after touching down in Hawaii on Friday, ahead of the leader's two-week tour of five Asian nations.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command, joined a throng of military and civilian supporters in welcoming the first couple on their first official visit to the Aloha State.

Later that day, the President and First Lady visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, where they brought a wreath of white flowers to be placed alongside a wall with the names of service members who died in the Pearl Harbor attack. Trump did not offer any public remarks during his visit to the memorial.

Trump is also scheduled for a briefing from Pacific Command before Air Force One lifts off again for stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The White House said Trump's trip "will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region."

Trump has two major speeches planned -- one at South Korea's National Assembly on Wednesday and the other on Nov. 10 in Vietnam, where he'll participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.

The question of how to deal with North Korea and trade talks are also expected to top his agenda.

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