President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump have decided to take a last-minute trip away from the White House to honor a fallen Navy Seal.
Their unannounced trip aboard the Marine One has shocked the press, especially since the Trump camp had not announced where they were going until 20 minutes after liftoff. TMZ reports that the White house later revealed the two were visiting Dover Air Force Base.
They reportedly plan on greeting the plane and bringing back the remains of Chief Special Warfare Operate Willian “Ryan” Owens, from Illinois.
Owens died during a counter-terrorism raid in Yemen and is the first soldier to be killed under the Trump administration. In all, 30 people were killed in the raid, including 14 militants.
This is not the first time the president has surprised reporters with an impromptu trip. Right after he was elected, Donald went to dinner with his family at the 21 Club. Journalists had no idea he had gone from the club until they saw his motorcade arrive at Trump Tower.
The president and the media have always had a tumultuous relationship. On Feb. 1, Donald blasted “fake news” and CNN at an African American history event, according to USA Today.
“I don’t like watching fake news,” he told guests at an African American History Month listening session.
However, the president noted that “Fox has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.”
He went on to laud Frederick Douglass before launching another tirade against the media for falsely reporting that he had a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. removed from the Oval Office.
“It turned out that that was fake news,” Donald said. “But that’s the way the press is … Very unfortunate.”
During his conversation celebrating African American History Month, he mentioned the contributions of heroes like King, Douglass, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman.
“During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African Americans throughout our country, throughout the world if you really think about it, right?” the president said. “And this story’s one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith in America.”
The meeting happened to occur the morning after the president announced his nomination of federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
“I’m sure they have no questions about last night because it was such a good launch,” Donald said, mentioning reporters.
Sources: TMZ, USA Today / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr