Trump still wants tanks displayed at July 4th celebration

Trump still wants tanks displayed at July 4th celebration

The protests by Code Pink and any other protest-related activities coinciding with the Fourth is not significant enough to cause extra concern, D.C. Police Department officials said at the conference Friday. Trump told reporters that plans for the day include an Air Force One and Blue Angels flyover and also a bunch of tanks stationed around. He has dubbed it a "Salute to America". The Huffington Post reported that donors have been offered tickets to the event.

Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles will be on display as part of Trump's "Salute to America" event, according to a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the exhibits have not been made public.

Here are some of the things we do (and don't) know about the festivities planned for Trump's "A Salute to America".

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who oversees the National Mall and has helped orchestrate the president's vision, and other officials have said Trump's remarks will be patriotic.

"I'm going to say a few words and we're going to have planes going overhead, the best fighter jets in the world and other planes, too", he said.


"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", Trump said. Trump did not specify a location.

The Democratic-controlled council also posted guidance from the Defence Department about a veterans' event in November previous year, specifying that "no tanks" should be used in order to "avoid damage to local infrastructure".

Trump said his event would only add to what has always been considered a nonpartisan day, when Americans of all stripes gather across the country to celebrate the nation's founding.

"Every Fourth of July, everybody works", Bowser said.

According to figures from the non-profit National Parks Conservation Association, the National Mall and memorials on and around it still face a $655 million budget shortfall for overdue repairs, part of a $1.3 billion shortfall for national parks in D.C.


Mike Litterst, chief of communications at the National Park Service told ABC News, "They are on the Monument grounds, very close to the area they requested on the application".

The Park Service overall faces a $11.9 budget shortfall for overdue repairs.

"We are now trying to get the waiver from the FSDO, but feel this bureaucratic process is created to force us to just keep the baby on the ground, instead of floating it in the air", Tighe Barry, a Code Pink organizer, said in the statement. "Bad to worse, can't happen".

Reportedly, the VIP Tickets are being sold by donors to the Republican National Committee. "Forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for what amounts to a political rally is irresponsible and a misuse of funds". Tom Udall (N.M.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, in a phone interview. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images) Six F16 and two F22 of the US Air Force fly over the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017.

"People are going to make this into a protest event".


Washington Monument (C) and US Capitol (R) are seen on the National Mall from air October 17, 2012 above Washington, DC.

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