The American President is undoubtedly one of, if not the most important human being on the entire planet. We are, after all, the world’s most endearing superpower, and we have long led the globe both in the promotion of freedom and the rule of law.
So when the US Commander in Chief needs to get to somewhere dangerous, the act of traveling becomes a challenge unlike anything else.
President Donald Trump, who exists on a plateau of controversy unlike any other world leader, presents an even more complicated security challenge for our government…especially when he’s trying to jet off to Afghanistan to spend Thanksgiving with America’s bravest.
Luckily for us, the US military is up to the challenge of sneaking the leader of the free world into a war zone.
…in order to make the visit, intense security and a host of other measures were required to ensure the news didn’t leak. The journey began Wednesday, where Trump snuck out of Mar-a-Lago.
Many of the details of how he did so are a secret, but the president flew out of an undisclosed airport in Florida on a small, also undisclosed, plane Wednesday evening.
On that flight bound for Joint Base Andrews, in Maryland, there was only one Fox News journalist, who was serving as the pool reporter. The plane was bare-bones, except for four blue leather chairs and a port-a-potty that had been brought for the occasion.
As part of the security measures phones were taken from all onboard, including senior White House officials. Trump greeted the crew but remained in the cockpit for takeoff.
When the plane landed in Joint Base Andrews later Wednesday evening, Trump switched to Air Force One — which was not lit up on the tarmac, but was instead hidden in a hangar. It took off from JBA with all interior lights off and the windows drawn.
Landing was an even wilder experience.
The plane landed in Afghanistan on a pitch-black runway, while the pool was only allowed to take pictures of Trump’s arrival from a nearby van. Accompanying Trump was White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
But, according to the President, it was all worth it.
“There’s nowhere I’d rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest, fiercest warriors,” Trump told troops on the ground. “I’m here to say Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much. As president of the United States, I have no higher honor than serving as commander in chief.”
Trump thanked the troops for their tireless service, and told them that they would be coming home “very soon”.
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