Trump favors steam catapults, POTUS and FLOTUS don’t take questions upon return...

Trump favors steam catapults, POTUS and FLOTUS don’t take questions upon return from Japan

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark on the South Lawn of The White House from Marine One after their trip to Japan, May 28, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark on the South Lawn of the White House from Marine One on Tuesday afternoon after their trip to Japan.(Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE – Returning from his trip to Japan, President Donald Trump stopped at the USS Wasp in Japanese waters and provided comments on emerging technologies of catapult systems to launch airplanes. Trump said he would favor the use of traditional steam-powered catapults instead of Ford’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) on American warships.

Two crew members of the USS Wasp watch as Marine One, carrying President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, lands on the aircraft carrier on Tuesday in the waters off Yokosuka, Japan. (Shealah Craighead/Official White House photos)

Ten hours later, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembarked on the South Lawn of The White House from Marine One at 1:40 p.m. EDT, an hour ahead of schedule. Holding hands, they headed straight into the executive mansion without taking questions from reporters. The White House Press office called a lid at 2:15 p.m. EDT, meaning there would be no more news for the rest of the day.

Doug Christian, The White House

The president and first lady Melania Trump (not shown, wearing orange) are welcomed onto the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan.
President Trump addressees the aircraft carrier’s crew.
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