U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops in an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Donald Trump's more than three-hour Thanksgiving fly-in to Afghanistan was a closely guarded secret, carried out with cloak-and-dagger precision to ensure the U.S. president's security.

After what seemed like a normal day at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with a round of golf Wednesday morning, the president was spirited away and flown back to the Washington area from an undisclosed airport late Wednesday — unbeknownst to press traveling with him.

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The Air Force is being tightlipped about a proposal from rap artist Kanye West to replace Air Force One – currently made by Boeing – with a hydrogen-powered iPlane that he claims could be produced by Apple.

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Photo illustration by Aaron Provost/Task & Purpose

Every president puts their own personal touch on the highest office in the land, but a new, patriotic paint job for Air Force One would certainly be a new one.

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DOD/Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford went to Capitol Hill on Sep. 26 seeking to remain chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for two more years, and he gave the lawmakers who will renew his tenure just what they were looking for: lots of surprising thoughts on lots of subjects.

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At the beginning of August, the Air Force slapped Boeing with a hefty contract for two 747-8 commercial jets to replace the decaying VC-25A aircraft that currently serve as the Air Force One fleet during President Donald Trump’s frequent jaunts around the world. While the contract couldn't come a moment sooner for the aging Reagan-era aircraft rife with technical glitches, then-president-elect Trump had previously pushed to cancel the $4 billion modernization plan to save the federal government money. “Costs are out of control,” Trump tweeted in December 2016. “Cancel order!”

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