Vice President Mike Pence touched down at Grand Forks Air Force Base about 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Pence was welcomed at his plane by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
Pence spent half an hour greeting personnel who had been waiting for him to land. Cramer stood by the vice president's side the whole time, shaking hands with members of the crowd.
After staying on the tarmac for about 20 minutes, Pence left in a motorcade headed to Grand Forks. His schedule here includes a fundraising event for Cramer’s campaign at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Cramer said in an interview Tuesday Pence will also meet privately with local agriculture leaders to discuss President Donald Trump's $12 billion relief program to mitigate effects of retaliatory tariffs against China and Canada.
Before the vice president exited the plane, Cramer told members of the press Pence's arrival was a "sign of momentum and victory" for his campaign.
Pence is scheduled to return to the base to address an audience of airman and other staff at 4:30 p.m.
About 100 airmen were gathered in a hangar before Pence’s speech.
Base Commander Col. Benjamin Spencer base commander said he wanted to Pence to be able to leave the air base knowing the importance of the work its airmen do and of its Global Hawk mission, which does high-altitude intelligence gathering.
He also said he wanted the audience to appreciate the significance of the vice president’s visit.
“I’ve only seen three of these visits in 24 years: two presidents and one vice president,” Spencer said of his career in the military. “I told all young airmen to not take this visit for granted because they could serve 20, 25 years in the Air Force and maybe not see vice president or president visit an Air Force base.”
Spencer said he spoke to Pence about the base’s mission after Pence’s plane landed, and he planned to give him a walking tour before his speech.
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