February 23, 2019 | 12:23 pm GMT+7

Presidential cars hit the roads in Hanoi for Trump

Two armored cars that will serve U.S. President Donald Trump were seen on Hanoi’s streets Saturday.

Two presidental state cars called Cadillac One arrives in Hanoi to serve for Trumps upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh

Two U.S. presidental state cars Cadillac One drive on Hanoi streets Saturday morning. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from the U.S.’s Yokota airbase in Japan landed at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi at 8 a.m. Saturday, carrying two presidential state cars called Cadillac One.

The aircraft also carried two Chevrolet Suburban cars and several dozen members of President Trump’s escort team.   

From early morning, Vietnamese traffic police forces were on guard at the airport, ready to lead the U.S. convoy to the downtown area, where Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next week.

The six-car fleet were then seen stopping outside the five-star JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi's Nam Tu Liem District at 10 a.m. plus.

Five cars then left for gas refill at a station nearby before coming back to the hotel.

Cadillac One, dubbed as "The Beast," is designed to withstand grenades and bio-chemical weapons. In addition, the presidential guard vehicle also has a night time driving assistance system and a private wireless network to protect the vehicle.

The private cars that will serve Trumps upcoming visit are on the way from Noi Bai Airport to downtown Hanoi Saturday morning. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Du

The private cars that will serve Trump's upcoming visit are on the way from Noi Bai Airport to downtown Hanoi Saturday morning. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Du

During the president’s overseas trips, the U.S. Secret Service simultaneously uses two Cadillacs to enhance security. 

In the past week, the U.S. has sent several Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to Hanoi, carrying equipment needed for the summit, including a helicopter that President Trump will use in Vietnam.

U.S. special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and several U.S. delegations have also arrived in Hanoi for preparatory work.

The first Trump-Kim summit was held in Singapore in June 2018, but negotiations failed to make much headway owing to disagreements on the concept of denuclearization.

Staff reporters