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President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July celebrations on the National Mall, featuring a military parade and flyovers, are set to roll. But the tanks, which are set to be part of his “Salute to America,” won’t be rolling down the streets of Washington, D.C..
He seemed to suggest a small number of tanks would be on static display after they were brought there on tank carriers.
“You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks so we have to put them in certain areas. But we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abrams tanks,” Trump said.
It was not clear what Trump meant by Sherman tanks, which have not been part of the U.S. inventory since the 1950s.
Trump has wanted a military parade included in July Fourth celebrations since being impressed by the July 14 Bastille Day festivities in Paris that he attended in 2017, which featured more than 60 airplanes, over 20 helicopters, plus horses and soldiers, according to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.
In February, Trump tweeted:
HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called “A Salute To America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2019
The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines will reportedly stand next to Trump during the flyovers on the Mall.
National Democratic lawmakers are already concerned it will become a political speech and an event to commandeer the festivities to bolster Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
“President Trump’s efforts to insert politics into a celebration of our nation’s history is extremely alarming,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said last month.
Last month in France, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day with the grave of those who died in the background, Trump blasted special counsel Robert Mueller and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with Fox News.
“Nancy Pelosi is a disaster,” Trump said
Just over half — 52% — were OK with Trump delivering a speech from the Lincoln Memorial as part of the July Fourth festivities, while 34% were opposed, the Monmouth University Poll released on Monday showed. But the poll also found that only 20% had heard much about Trump’s plans. From that subset of 20% who were more informed, 56% disapproved and 37% approved, the poll found, according to military.com
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