Donald Trump was welcomed by Marines with & # 39; Make Aircrew Great Again & # 39; badges when he spoke to sailors and Marines on his last Japanese engagement Tuesday – then he plunged into the military crowd to sign bibles and uniforms.
The airmen on the USS Wasp made their departure from the normal uniform code as Trump spoke to them to mark Memorial Day in the US, which is 12 hours behind Japan.
The president was praised when he and first lady Melania Trump met hundreds of sailors and marines in the hangar of the Wasp, an amphibious assault ship that is also an aircraft carrier.
The airmen who saw the badges were Marines, according to the AFP wire service. Members of both locations serve on the wasp, with marines flying F-35B stealth hunters and Osprey helicopters, and naval pilots flying SH-60 Seahawks.
Pentagon rules state that serving military personnel should avoid political comments or approvals during service, including through their uniforms.
It is unclear whether Trump saw the uniform patches, but he received a compelling reception as he spoke and after uttering a speech in which he praised the military, signed uniforms and bibles while diving into the crowd.
The speech was his last engagement in Japan, where he participated in a four-day state visit with the first lady and was the first world leader to meet the brand new emperor Naruhito.
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Reception: Trump spoke with sailors and marines about the USS wasp at the joint American-Japanese base Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo
Unconventional: the unform patch was seen by marine airmen who were part of the crowd in the wasp hangar
Rule breaker? At least three marine airmen were seen wearing the pro-Trump shoulder pads during the president's speech
Firepower: sailors and marines were positioned in front of one of the vertical risers of the Wasp F-35B stealth
In the crowd: Donald and Melania Trump shook hands and were photographed up close after his speech about the wasp
Salvation: members of the service listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a Memorial Day event aboard the USS wasp
Signature: Trump was asked to sign the Bible of a servant after his speech to hundreds of USS Wasp staff
Donald Trump greets sailors after a speech aboard the USS Wasp on Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo
On stage: Trump arrives in the USS Wasp hangar to speak with 800 sailors and marines to mark Memorial Day
Painting time: military personnel made sure they had memories of the commander-in-chief's visit to the USS Wasp
Cheer: A member of the service waved a hat when Trump swallowed the applause after his speech about the wasp
Trump described the cheering crowd of American soldiers and women as "daring and powerful warriors in the Pacific". during his farewell speech about the USS Wasp.
& # 39; I wish you all a very happy Memorial Day, & # 39; Trump told about 800 members of the 7th US Navy fleet.
& # 39; On this Memorial Day evening in the United States, Americans will end a sacred day of remembrance, reflection, and prayer. & # 39;
He said he generally liked being in the US for Memorial Day, but claimed that the trip to Japan was amazing and unforgettable & # 39; used to be.
Many posed for photos with the president, others had him sign their possessions.
The reception ended its time in Japan.
He had serious conversations with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about North Korea, Iran and trade – and the couple played golf and attended a sumo wrestling match together.
Before his speech to American troops in Tokyo Bay, Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited a Japanese helicopter carrier, the J.S. Kaga docked in the area.
Together with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump delivered the same & # 39; happy Memorial Day & # 39; message to the Japanese forces.
Trump referred to the US-Japan military alliance and said their troops have a & # 39; array of complex threats in the region and far beyond & # 39; would tackle.
It came closest to increasing tensions with China, but also with North Korea, at a few Memorial Day addresses before he and Melania went home.
During his speech, Trump admitted that he was jealous of his wife's positive media attention.
He said: & # 39; You have really been Japan's conversation. They don't cover me. I'm a little angry with her now, & he said.
Ze They love you in Japan, darling, and we really appreciate it. Really, works very hard. & # 39;
Earlier address: Trump had also spoken to a mix of Japanese and American service personnel aboard the JS Kaga, a helicopter carrier who became Japan's first full aircraft carrier since World War II, when it attacked F-35 hunters
Preparations: Service personnel are ready for the arrival of the president and first lady aboard the USS Wasp
Both here: Donald and Melania Trump were both on stage at the USS Wasp when they closed their visit to Japan
In we go: The president and first lady were accompanied by sailors from the deck of the USS Wasp after landing on Marine One
Melania Trump was flanked by Bill Hagerty, the American ambassador to Japan and his wife Chrissy while her husband spoke about the wasp
Back on the catwalk: Melania Trump returned to her model days when she arrived on stage in the Wasp hangar
He started his remarks at the USS Wasp with a memorial from the Memorial Day, after a short stop on the JS Kaga, which will be equipped to transport F-35 stealth fighter jets and become Japan's first full-scale aircraft carrier since the Second World war.
The American president insisted on his script in Kaga, but threw the electromagnetic catapult of the US army in his Wasp address.
He said it had a cost overrun of $ 900 million and voiced votes from service members, asking if they preferred steam or electricity. They warmly supported steam.
& # 39; I said what was wrong with steam. I would like to know, & he said after he had asked the army after he took office. & # 39; I think I'm going to place an order, when we build a new aircraft carrier, we start using steam. I'm just going to place an order. We do not need an electric speed. & # 39;
Trump said the Pentagon was sometimes wrong, and that was one of those times. But not with the F-35B fighter jet. Trump said the Lockheed Martin plane is one of the best.
& # 39; The enemy has a problem with it. Do you know what the problem is? They can't see it, & he said on the United States ship in Yokosuka. & # 39; Other than that, it's a fair fight. & # 39;
In his Memorial Day address, Trump reported the tense relationship with North Korea and China, citing conflicts in the region but not naming the countries by name.
Also mentioned: Trump attacked the hi-tech electromagnetic catapult used on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in a new class of nuclear aircraft carriers. Trump said he wanted future class members equipped with traditional steam powered catapults that were used to push planes off his deck
Zoals As you know, Japan recently announced that it will purchase 105 brand new stealth F-35 fighter aircraft. The best of the world. This purchase gives Japan the largest F-35 & # 39; s fleet of our allies. And soon this same ship will be upgraded to carry that state-of-the-art technology, & he said on the JS Kaga.
He said: & # 39; with this extraordinary new equipment, the JS Kaga will help defend our countries against a series of complex threats in the region and far beyond. & # 39;
Trump judged the JS Kaga for his comments about the USS Wasp. The JS Kaga is one of two Japanese & # 39; escorting destroyers & # 39; which are upgraded to aircraft carriers.
Japan refers to their ships as escorting ships to comply with their constitution. They were forbidden to build an attack force after they fought the United States and the Allies three quarters of a century ago.
The name giver of the Kaga sunk in the Battle of Midway in 1942, during the world war that attracted the United States against Japan. The countries are now in line with a growing threat from China and North Korea.
He and Abe made comments about the ship that were characterized as & # 39; words of encouragement & # 39; from the Prime Minister and US President to members of the service.
An official said before their comments that 500 Japanese and American troops were aboard the ship for the event.
Abe told troops: & # 39; Today I am extremely excited to have this opportunity with President Trump to see you all here, representing Japanese self-defense and American troops, men and women with great courage and patriotism. 39;
He said it is & # 39; the very first time in history that the two leaders of Japan and the United States & # 39; have held such an event.
& # 39; Japan-U.S. the alliance has become more robust than ever under the great bond that I and President Trump have developed. The fact that we are aboard the JS Kaga together today is proof of such a robust alliance, & he said.
He added: & # 39; President Trump, I am really, very grateful for our friendship. And just like between us, there is a deep friendship between the men and women of the Japanese self-defense forces and the American armed forces, which deserves a party. & # 39;
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