Lambert hosts presidential visit for second time in a year
ST. LOUIS —
A much smaller crowd greeted President Donald Trump on Thursday compared to the reception he received at St. Louis’ main airport in November.
Gov. Mike Parson and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe met Trump as he stepped off Air Force One Thursday afternoon. Trump was en route to Granite City, Ill. for the second of two Midwestern stops concerning the economy. He had just come from a roundtable discussion on workforce development at Northeast Iowa Community College in Dubuque, Iowa. Trump’s Granite City speech would focus on trade and tariffs.
When Trump last landed at St Louis-Lambert International Airport in November, a small crowd of family members from the St. Louis field offices of the Secret Service and other federal agencies greeted him. The event was much lower-key Thursday afternoon. After shaking hands and talking briefly with Parson and Kehoe, Trump stepped into his limousine and headed across the river, accompanied by his daughter, Ivanka.
Trump used a different aircraft from that normally associated with the presidency. Because of the Dubuque airport’s smaller size, the president used a C-32 aircraft, which is based on the Boeing 757. According to the Air Force, any Air Force aircraft carrying the president uses the callsign Air Force One regardless of the aircraft type.