President Donald Trump was all business Thursday as he made his first ride on Air Force One to a Republican policy retreat in Philadelphia.
Trump took Marine One, the presidential helicopter, from the White House to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. It was also Trump’s first ride on Marine One.
He then boarded Air Force One as cameras waited to record another first for his administration.
However, as Trump ascended the stairs up into the aircraft, he was focused on the business ahead and did not stop to turn around and wave as is usual for a departing president in search of photo ops.
Pres Trump boards Air Force One, but doesn’t turn around to wave – as presidents have done for decades. pic.twitter.com/pUOPtB0V0w
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 26, 2017
Some were critical of the president’s oversight.
— Ann Lane (@laoghain) January 26, 2017
Classy… just watched Trump board Air Force One and didn’t turn around and wave.
— Akit (@AgentAkit) January 26, 2017
However, the omission was just fine with others.
— john (@kealohajohn) January 26, 2017
@markknoller He’s not worried about the BS trappings of the office. He’s on a mission. Thank God.
— MorningInAmerica (@oldhickory49) January 26, 2017
Trump did wave and smile to those greeting him when he arrived in Philadelphia.
His meeting with Republican members of the House and Senate is his first as president, and comes as the White House and Capitol Hill are defining their working relationship.
“[Trump] gives an order to build a 110-story structure, and he doesn’t tell you how deep to make the foundation. But you know he wants a very tall building,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. “It’s the same thing with us here.”
Republicans are giving Trump space on issues where the president has taken the lead.
“I don’t have any advice to give to the president,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., responded when asked about Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay for a wall along America’s southern border. “The president can deal with his relations on that issue and on other issues.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who often kept his distance from Trump during the presidential campaign, is upbeat now.
“I’m just so excited we finally have a chance to do this because we have the House and the Senate and a president who is with us,” Ryan said about overhauling the tax system to eliminate loopholes and lower corporate rates.
“If you can clean up the cesspool of the tax code and give us a pro-growth tax code, that is how you grow the economy, that is how you take power and money out of Washington and give it back to the people,” he said.
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