‘They are all going to do very poorly:’ Trump slams Democrat candidates as he greets troops in Alaska on Air Force One refueling stop on way to G20
- Air Force One stopped at Joint Base Elmendorf in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday evening
- Trump greeted troops during the brief fueling stop on his way to G20 in Osaka, Japan
- Slammed Democrat candidates in remarks to both reporters and troops gathered on the tarmac
President Donald Trump has made a brief stop in Alaska on the way to the G20 summit in Japan.
Air Force One landed at Joint Base Elmendorf in Anchorage on Wednesday evening for a brief stop on the way to the global summit in Osaka.
After landing in Anchorage, Trump spoke on board Air Force One with Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy.
Shortly after 5pm Alaska time, Trump walked down the retractable below-belly stairs, gave a fist pump, waved and headed across the tarmac to speak with service members at the base.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he disembarks Air Force One during a refueling stop at Joint Base Elmendorf, Alaska
Trump gestures as he walks on the tarmac at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, during a refuel stop
Asked how he thought the Democrats would do in the presidential primary debate, which had started moments earlier, Trump replied ‘I think they all are going to do very poorly.’
Approaching the troops, he noted the debate had just started but he decided to get off the plane to greet them anyhow.
‘And I had my choice between you and them and I chose you,’ he said.
After spending about 10 minutes taking photos and shaking hands, Trump got back on board Air Force One.
President Donald Trump greets troops at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, Wednesday during a refueling stop
US President Donald Trump greets troops as Air Force One is refueled at Elmendorf Air Force Base while traveling to Japan
The plane took off at 5.42pm, just over an hour after landing at the base.
Trump was watching the debate in the air, and it was also being displayed on TVs in the press cabin.
‘BORING!’ he tweeted about 30 minutes into the two-hour debate.