President Trump is making an “unannounced” visit to Dover Air Base this afternoon to pay his respects to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen over the weekend.
— Mark Kennedy (@marksmile100) February 1, 2017
Video shows the president and daughter Ivanka walking across the White House lawn to board Marine One.
The CNBC tweeted this afternoon that the president had departed the White House, “destination unknown.”
Developing: President Trump has left the White House on Marine One on an unannounced trip, destination unknown at this time – AP
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) February 1, 2017
The news service later tweeted he was heading to Dover.
The AP reported:
Trump’s trip to Delaware’s Dover Air Base was shrouded in secrecy. It was not on the president’s daily schedule. A small group of journalists traveled with Trump on the condition that the visit was not reported until his arrival.
According to the AP, “Owens’ family is said to have asked that his return be kept private.”
The Washington Post tweeted video of Marine One arriving at Dover:
Washington Post – Trump's helicopter arrives at Dover Air Force Base https://t.co/cNskhZBjbW
— Silber World News (@SilberWorldNews) February 1, 2017
A pool report indicates the president’s visit will be private and not open to the media, honoring the family’s request for privacy.
Trump is in Dover to be there when the remains of William "Ryan" Owens arrive. <3 pic.twitter.com/WHRaYYvHu2
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) February 1, 2017