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Troops, officials welcome Trump at Fargo air base

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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 Editor3 / 7
A crowd of military personnel and guests wait for the arrival of President Donald Trump at the North Dakota Air National Guard base in north Fargo on Friday, Sept. 7. 4 / 7
President Donald Trump steps from Air Force One on Friday, Sept. 7, at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor5 / 7
Air Force One arrives at the North Dakota Air National Guard base in Fargo on Friday, Sept. 7.6 / 7
President Donald Trump arrives at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base for a campaign stop for U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Kevin Cramer on Friday, Sept. 7. 2018.David Samson / The Forum7 / 7

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 at 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 North Dakota National Guardsmen 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 Again” hats.

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