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President Trump arrives in Fargo to cheers

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President Donald Trump steps off of Air Force One on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Fargo Air National Guard Base ahead of his rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Erin Bormett / The Forum3 / 6
A crowd waves at President Donald Trump as his motorcade leaves the Fargo Air National Guard Base on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, ahead of his rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Erin Bormett / The Forum4 / 6
President Donald Trump speaks with Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Fargo Air National Guard Base ahead of his rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Erin Bormett / The Forum5 / 6
President Donald Trump arrives in Fargo with Rep. Kevin Cramer and Sen. John Hoeven on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum6 / 6

FARGO — It was a hot and balmy evening Wednesday, June 27, but that couldn't stop nearly 100 people from cheering when the United States president stepped out of Air Force One here.

President Donald Trump arrived in Fargo at about 6:15 p.m. at the Fargo Air National Guard Base and was met with cheers from first responders, military service members and their families. He was also greeted by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, as well as North Dakota National Guard Adjutant General Al Dohrmann and 119th Wing Commander Col. Britt Hatley.

Trump walked out of Air Force One, followed closely by Secret Service, waving at the gathered crowd. After descending the stairs, he met with Burgum, Dohrmann and Hatley before getting into the motorcade and driving away.

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House now running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for a spot on the Senate, flew with Trump and followed him out of the plane closely. Trump visited Fargo to campaign for Cramer's Senate run at 7 p.m. at Scheels Arena.

First responders, military service members, veterans and their families started arriving at the base by 4 p.m. and braved the heat for the president's arrival.

By the time Air Force One landed, the tarmac was already occupied by the president's motorcade, several Cass County Sheriff's Office and Fargo Police Department cars and vehicles for the press.

The president's time at the airport was less than 10 minutes. He got in the motorcade soon after he landed, waving and giving a thumbs-up sign to his supporters as he drove off.

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