WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise trip Monday to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Marking the holiday for the slain civil rights leader, the president and vice president, accompanied by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, placed a wreath at the memorial and observed a short moment of silence.
Trump and Pence spent approximately two minutes on site in frigid temps in the upper teens, with a wind chill just above 0. They offered no comments on King’s legacy.
“Great day. Beautiful day,” Trump said to reporters as he left. “Thank you for being here. Appreciate it.”
He ignored a question asking when he had last spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), presumably with regard to the partial government shutdown and his proposal on Saturday to end it. Monday marks the 31st day of the shutdown.
Prior to leaving the White House, Trump posted a tweet praising King for “standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear.”
Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God. #MLKDay https://t.co/pEaVpCB8M4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019
There are no other events on the president’s schedule for the rest of the day.