Donald Trump and Mike Pence in Surprise Visit to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. They placed a wreath to commemorate the slain civil rights leader. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise trip Monday to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The president traveled via his motorcade to the monument in Washington, DC, and laid a wreath on the monument as both leaders stood together in a moment of silence.

“Great day. Beautiful day,” Trump remarked to reporters during the visit. “Thank you for being here. Appreciate it.”

The president ignored reporters questions about the ongoing partial government shutdown.

In a message to Americans proclaiming the national holiday, President Trump urged everyone to recommit themselves to King’s vision of equality.

“Today, as we pause to mark the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recommit ourselves to the advancement of equality and justice for all Americans and to the full realization of his worthy dream,” he wrote.

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