White House shares more details on President Trump’s upcoming visit

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Preparations are underway as President Donald Trump is set to arrive in Wilmington Wednesday afternoon.

The purpose of his visit is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II and declare Wilmington as the country’s first World War II Heritage City.

A press briefing was held Tuesday afternoon to share details on what he will do while in the Port City.

The president will fly into Wilmington International Airport (ILM) around 1:30 p.m. Airport Director Julie Wilsey expects several hundred invited guests will be there to greet the president.

Will Knecht with the New Hanover County GOP says there could be anywhere from 800 to 1,000 people on the tarmac to welcome the president.

Knecht says he’s heard there may be a welcoming crowd lining the street from 23rd Street to the main entrance of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

From there, the president’s motorcade will proceed to the USS North Carolina, a battleship that was completed in April 1941.

Around 2 p.m., he will speak with more than a dozen veterans. The White House ticketed event is not open to the public and a tour of the USS North Carolina is not scheduled.

Wilsey says officials at ILM received news about Trump’s planned visit last Friday.

“All of the tenant partners, particularly our three airlines – Delta, American and United they have been working very closely with us,” she said.

The airport will still be operating for commercial flights on Wednesday, but Wilsey warns travelers to give themselves extra time both at the airport and driving to the airport.

“So we would advise anyone who’s flying a commercial airline during that time frame, to check with their air carrier today or tonight, or first thing in the morning to verify the flight times, as they may change,” Wilsey said.

Wilsey says public parking will still be open at the airport but there could be some traffic backups on the roads.

“People who are traveling in or around the airport on the roadways during that time frame, might also want to allow a little extra time, or if possible, go out of their way to go around the airport,” she said.

Wilsey says if you have plans to fly out on Wednesday, you should check your flight status Tuesday night and in the morning before coming to the airport.

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will also take part in the ceremony with the president at the USS North Carolina.

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