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UPDATED: Trump meets with Dunleavy, greets troops during JBER fueling stop

 President Trump greets Alaska servicemembers during a brief stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
President Trump greets Alaska servicemembers during a brief stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base. (KTUU)
Published: May. 24, 2019 at 4:27 PM AKDT
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Updated 5:20 p.m. AKDT:

President Donald Trump greeted Alaska-based servicemen and women at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Friday afternoon as he disembarked from Air Force 1 during a fueling stop on his way to Japan.

The Governor's office says Gov. Mike Dunleavy also met with the president onboard the plane.

Dunleavy and the president talked at JBER "on a number of Alaska focused priorities," a Dunleavy spokesperson wrote, "including resource development, streamlining regulations and other items directed at growing Alaska's economy."

That meeting took place just before the president disembarked the plane to meet with Alaska-based servicemen and women.

The president shook hands, signed autographs, and even posed for a few selfies with members of the military stationed in Alaska, as most of the state prepared for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

“Breathe that air – that’s real air,” the president said as he walked across the tarmac toward a group of servicemen and women.

The President made no prepared remarks, but said he loved Alaska, and mentioned the soon-to-come F-35 fighter jets. He signed one man’s Make America Great Again hat, and met another servicemember’s children while walking down the row of gathered soldiers and airmen.