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Trump promises tanks, 'biggest ever fireworks' on July 4

Washington DC. The government partially shutdown at midnight after congress failed to pass a spending bill Trump Demanding Tanks on the National Mall for His Out-of-Control Partisan Fourth of July ‘Salute to America’
Patty Aguilar | 02 July, 2019, 22:01

This year, the president is organizing an event called "Salute to America" that will honor the US military.

The president has hankered after a military parade since he witnessed a similar display on Bastille Day in Paris in 2017.

President Donald Trump confirmed a report that he wants tanks at the big Fourth of July celebration this week he's been talking up for months.

An Associated Press photographer spotted the two M1A1 Abrams tanks, along with four other military vehicles, in a railyard at the southeastern edge of Washington.

Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles will be on display as part of Mr Trump's Salute to America event, according to a USA official.

"This is going to be a fantastic Fourth of July with increased access across the National Mall for the public to enjoy music, flyovers, a spectacular fireworks display, and an address by our Commander-in-Chief", Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a release.

Sherman tanks were the tank most widely used by the USA during World War II, but they have been out of service for decades.

District of Columbia officials say the heavy military equipment could damage city streets.

Holmes Norton, along with D.C. officials, have expressed concern that the 60-ton armored vehicles could grind up the National Mall and restyle a patriotic "hometown celebration", which attracts thousands of tourists each year and is broadcast live on national television, into a nationalistic presidential rally.

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"That's absolutely ridiculous. This is all about a salute to America". But that plan eventually was scuttled, partly because of cost.

Trump already ordered a flyover by military jets - as well as one of the jetliners used as Air Force One - for the event.

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.

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

The military flyover will halt air traffic at the United States capital city's main airport, Reagan National, for more than two hours on Thursday evening. The Democratic National Committee says it wasn't given any tickets to hand out. White House officials intend to give out tickets for attendees to sit in a VIP section and watch Trump's speech but did not develop a distribution system before much of the staff left for Asia last week, according to two administration officials.

He offered no specifics on where the vehicles would be located for the July 4 celebrations.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters the president's Independence Day remarks would pay tribute to "how wonderful this country is".

For example, the F-35, the Pentagon's newest fighter program, costs roughly $44,000 per hour to fly, according to statistics provided to Military.com in 2018.

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