Trump saluted after entering the memorial following a short boat ride with first lady Melania Trump. They approached a wreath of white flowers — a gift from the couple — and watched as two sailors placed it near a wall of names of those who died after a surprise attack by Japan that plunged the U.S. into World War II.
The Trumps then tossed white flower petals into the water above the battleship's sunken hull. Trump did not speak publicly at the memorial. He said during an earlier meeting with military officials that he eagerly anticipated the visit.
Trump departs Saturday for Japan, the first stop on his Asia tour.
President Donald Trump is stopping in Hawaii on the eve of his first Asia trip.
Trump arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam late Thursday after a daylong flight from Washington. He departs Friday for Japan, the first stop on the five-nation, 11-day Asia journey.
In Hawaii, Trump is scheduled to meet with leaders of the U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the region. A key discussion topic likely will be North Korea's nuclear threat, a crisis that will shadow Trump's trip. He'll also meet with the governors of Alaska, Hawaii and Pacific U.S. territories.
Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, also tours the USS Arizona Memorial, part of the Pearl Harbor site dedicated to the attack that drew the U.S. into World War II.