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Troops, officials welcome President Trump at Fargo air base

President Donald Trump greets members of the military and their families Friday, Sept. 7, at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — A crowd of military members and their guests greeted Air Force One, carrying President Donald Trump, when it landed at the North Dakota Air National Guard base at Fargo's Hector International Airport about 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7.

Shortly after arriving, Trump left the airport for an appearance at a campaign fundraiser for Rep. Kevin Cramer at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, 1635 42nd St. S., in Fargo.

Cramer, R-N.D., is running for Senate, trying to unseat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The race is being closely watched nationally because the outcome could affect the power balance in the Senate.

The well-wishers who welcomed Trump included Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum; U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, and his wife, Mikey; North Dakota Sen. Kelly Armstrong; and Mitchell Johnson, vice wing commander of the 119th Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard.

Trump took time to greet some of the roughly 200 people gathered for his arrival, many of whom were members of the North Dakota Air and Army National Guard and their families.

For about 10 minutes, Trump went down the front line of the crowd and shook hands with his supporters, thanked the military members for their service and even signed a few "Make America Great Hats."

When he turned to leave for the Cramer fundraiser, he was once again met with loud cheers from the group. Trump smiled, waved, gave them a thumbs-up and then left for the hotel.