Arizona governor greets president on tarmac

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Gov. Doug Ducey shook hands with Donald Trump on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor. (Source: twitter.com/dougducey) Gov. Doug Ducey shook hands with Donald Trump on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor. (Source: twitter.com/dougducey)
Ducey rode with Trump and Pence in the motorcade. (Source: twitter.com/dougducey) Ducey rode with Trump and Pence in the motorcade. (Source: twitter.com/dougducey)
VIce President Mike Pence was also there and will attend Trump's rally. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) VIce President Mike Pence was also there and will attend Trump's rally. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was among the state officials who greeted President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the airport tarmac after they arrived in Phoenix.

Ducey shook Trump's hand, tweeted "Welcome to Arizona, Mr. President!" and rode with Trump and Pence in the motorcade. But the Republican governor will not appear on stage with Trump at the rally, saying he needs to help monitor the security response to the protests.

[SLIDESHOW: President Trump visits Arizona]      

Air Force Two landed around 3:30 p.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor with Pence and then Air Force One landed about 20 to 30 minutes later. 

Along with Ducey,  Trump was also greeted by Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Paul Gosar and Rep. Andy Biggs.

There were also a number of supports at the airport to catch a glimpse of the president.

[RELATED: Trump returns to Arizona -- and a chaotic political landscape]

Arizona has a history of dramatic tarmac encounters surrounding presidential politics.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer famously wagged her finger at then-President Barack Obama in 2012 amid heightened tensions between his administration and Arizona over immigration and other issues.

[READ MORE: Gov. Brewer on finger-pointing photo: I meant no disrespect (Jan.25, 2012)]

And former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a discussion on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport last year that factored into the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton.

[RELATED: Lynch says reaction to Bill Clinton meeting in Phoenix was 'painful' (Dec. 19, 2016)]

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