No wave goodbye! President Trump is all business as he rides Air Force One for the first time – but then gives a smile and a thumbs up after landing

Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump road on Marine One and Air Force One for the first time on Thursday
Mr Trump is attending the GOP’s annual policy retreat in Philadelphia
He was slated to speak to lawmakers there after landing around noon

26 January 2017

It’s been a week of firsts for President Trump, and Thursday was no different.

Today, the mogul-turned-politician took his first trip on Marine One and Air Force One as the 45th President of the United States.

Mr Trump took the presidential helicopter to Joint Base Andrews, to ride Air Force One less than 150 miles up the beltway to the GOP’s annual policy retreat in Philadelphia.

As he ascended the stairs up into the aircraft for the first time, Mr Trump was clearly focused on the business ahead – not even stopping to turn around and wave as is usual for a departing president.

Mr Trump touched down in Philadelphia around 20 minutes later, and when he deboarded he made sure to acknowledge those gathered on a tarmac with a smile and a wave.

He was then whisked away in the presidential limousine to the retreat.

Mr Trump has previously flown on a U.S. presidential jet once previously, when he flew from New York City to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration last week.

But the aircraft he is riding today is a different – and larger – plane. Also, a plane or helicopter can only receive the call sign of Air Force One or Marine One if the Commander in Chief is on board.

Mr Trump is set to make his comments to the GOP at the retreat around noon.

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