NBC's Hallie Jackson Trump Trip Notebook: We're On Our Way

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Lucky for me, I can borrow one from the colleagues joining me for the journey. Kristen Welker and Kelly O'Donnell, and producers Alicia Jennings and Stacey Klein, are all veterans of presidential foreign trips. Ali Vitali, who covered the Trump campaign, brings a different perspective: She flew nearly every leg of the president's 2016 campaign. It's a great mix of experiences and one hell of a fun group. Kelly came up with a hashtag: "Six chicks!" No sleep 'til the last stop in Sicily, but it's worth it.

Five hours after leaving a refueling stop in Frankfurt, we're ready to land. The energy on the plane picks up as people rustle in the overhead bins, change into their camera-ready clothes and put away toothbrushes and eye masks.

We touch down. Fifteen minutes later, an email: The president has departed Washington. He'll be here soon.

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