The government jet turned tail, and FLOTUS, her entourage and members of the media had to switch planes. A flight attendant helpfully offered damp cloths to guard against the smoke and smell.
“Minor mechanical problem,” her spokeswoman said and promised more information after a diagnostics check. Back in Washington, the president mustered a joke about the inconvenience, telling reporters that he had spoken to his wife. “I said, ‘I hope this plane’s better than the first one.’ ”
After the bit of turbulence, the rest of the trip was smooth cruising: Mrs. Trump visited Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, arriving just a bit late to deliver brief remarks at a conference sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services on neonatal abstinence syndrome, which affects children born to opioid-addicted mothers. (“Sorry for the delay,” she said.)
“There are few things harder to bear than seeing a newborn suffer. And I am anxious to do all that I can to help shine a light on this epidemic,” she added, before touring a neonatal intensive care unit there.