UPDATE: 7:30 a.m
Air Force One carrying President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump left Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam today at about 7:25 a.m. The first couple spent just over 18 hours on Oahu on their way to Tokyo.
The president will arrive in Tokyo Sunday and spend 10 days in Asia.
The presidential motorcade, with more than 35 vehicles, pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam about 10 minutes after 7 a.m. as a helicopter flew overhead.
Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. forces in Asia and the Pacific and his wife, Bruni Bradley, were there to say farewell to the first couple. All exchanged greetings and then the first couple walked up the steps to board Air Force One. They paused briefly at the door, waved and then entered the plane, which departed just before 7:30 a.m.
Today’s departure, which did not include crowds, contrasted with the more-orchestrated welcome President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received at the start of their whirlwind Friday stopover.
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President Donald Trump made a quick stop at the Trump International Hotel in Waikiki before leaving Honolulu this morning for his trip to Asia.
Police closed H-1 west-bound and surface roads between Waikiki and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at about 6:45 a.m as the motorcade carrying the president and and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Air Force One. The roads reopened less than a half-hour later.
The presidential motorcade started rolling to Hickam at 6:38 a.m, according to a White House media pool report.
The motorcade stopped at 6:43 a.m. in front of Trump International Hotel Waikiki, about a quarter mile from the Ritz Carlton hotel, where the first couple spent the night.
“The president stopped by the Trump Hotel on his way to the airport. It has been a tremendously successful project and he wanted to say hello and thank you to the employees for all their hard work, ” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.
Photographers saw president out of the limo with his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. John Kelly, White House chief of staff, was spotted talking on his phone near the hotel’s front doors, according to the media pool report.
The presidential motorcade then continued on to Hickam and the first couple boarded Air Force One about 7:15 a.m. on their way to Tokyo.