President Trump is apparently looking to go all-out for this week’s Fourth of July celebration in Washington DC.
The Commander in Chief has long been touting his own patriotism, from his hit slogan “Make America Great Again”, to his propensity for hugging Old Glory.
Now, as Independence Day approaches, the Commander in Chief is looking to take this love of country to the next level with a grandiose show on the National Mall.
National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith faces plenty of looming priorities this summer, from an $11 billion backlog in maintenance needs to natural disasters like the recent wildfire damage to Big Bend Park.
But in recent days, another issue has competed for Smith’s attention: how to satisfy President Donald Trump’s request to station tanks or other armored military vehicles on the Mall for his planned July Fourth address to the nation.
The ongoing negotiations over whether to use massive military hardware, such as Abrams tanks or Bradley fighting vehicles, as a prop for Trump’s “Salute to America” is just one of many unfinished details when it comes to the celebration planned for Thursday, according to several people briefed on the plan, who requested anonymity to speak frankly.
Critics of the idea have likened the possible display to military strongmen such as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, citing their fondness for authoritative demonstrations.
For Trump, however, this is likely nothing more than a willingness to recognize and herald those who serve in the US Armed Forces at a time in which the eyes of the nation will be focused on Washington DC in celebration, as opposed to in consternation.
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