Trump’s Asia trip cuts into the Middle East War and Hurricane Relief effort…

Moving the President of the United State around the planet takes a YUGE amount of US Military assets…

Donald Trump’s current 12 day Asian trip means that assets assigned to other place have to be detailed away from those place to accommodate the Commander-in-Chiefs support….

The cost is in the millions and support to the troops and people in need…

Initial estimates indicated the president’s trip would require 80 tanker and cargo missions in total, officials told Aviation Week. The Pentagon declined to provide exact numbers of aircraft required. But spokesman U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Stephens stressed that air mobility support for the trip, which includes stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, is an important mission with vital national security implications.

The level of air mobility support provided for the current trip is “not extraordinary” and consistent with that provided for similar travel in previous administrations, Stephens stressed.

But the trip, coming close on the heels of a series of devastating hurricanes in the Southern U.S. and Caribbean, has continued to limit regional commanders’ access to additional mobility assets at a time when they are trying to support both a surge in Afghanistan and defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

So far, the U.S. Air Force has been able to limit the effect on the fight by asking units to take on extra missions, rerouting flights, and pulling certain aircraft off standby, said Brig. Gen. Gregory Jones, U.S. Air Force Central Command (Afcent) director of mobility forces, in a Nov. 4 interview at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) here. Top priority equipment—primarily munitions, food and water—is getting where it needs to go, but less urgent resources such as construction material are delayed.

If there is a sudden surge in fighting, however, it would be a struggle to keep up…

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image…Presidential motorcade vehicles (10?) in the belly/hold of a US Air Force C-5 cargo jet…Secret Service

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