Inside Trump’s Air Force One: ‘It’s like being held captive’

Washington( CNN) President Donald Trump’s departure for Tokyo on Friday kickings off a summer of global jet-setting that takes him to five separate countries — and restricts him to the presidential aircraft for more than 80 hours flying overseas.

“It’s like being held captive, ” one official said of traveling with the President on Air Force One.

Current and former officials have described White House trip-ups as grueling endeavors accompanied by long hours, but several privately said the flights overseas are easily the worst. The duration can stretch virtually 20 hours. Sleeping space is limited. The televisions are streaming Fox News constantly. And if the headlines flashing across the bottom of the screen are unfavorable to their boss, aides know it’s time to buckle up for a turbulent ride.

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