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President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Washington. Trump is returning from Florida after viewing damage from Hurricane Irma. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump to the Air Force: 'I am always on your wing'


Updated September 15, 2017 04:35 PM EDT

President Donald Trump managed to stay mostly on script during his address at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County, Maryland, on Friday morning, breaking from his written remarks to assure members of the military that they were receiving the highest-grade equipment and to make jokes about many air force pilots being easier on the eyes than Tom Cruise.

While Trump took the opportunity to wish the United States Air Force a happy 70th birthday, he lamented how the service had shrank.

"Our armed forces have endured continuous combat for the past 26 years. Yet despite this the number of airmen on active duty has dropped by one third since the 1990s," said the president.

Trump touted his record thusfar on supporting the military and said that he was calling on congress to end their sequester on defense.

Trump, however, ended his speech on a positive note, complimenting members of the air force, saying, "Each of you is a living, breathing symbol of our country, the United States of America."

President Trump on Friday will address military personnel and their families during an appearance at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Trump is set to participate in a demonstration of the base's air fleet Friday afternoon, according to Politico, and speak with airmen there during his visit.

First lady Melania Trump will accompany her husband, and the pair is next expected to travel to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., late Friday.

Our affiliate WJLA on Friday reported that the Joint Base Andrews Air Show will run through this weekend, with several jets and planes featured for attendees once the event starts Saturday.

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