Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Patriotism 'Show': Hillary Clinton Knocks Trump's 'Salute to America' Celebration

Patriotism 'Show': Hillary Clinton Knocks Trump's 'Salute to America' Celebration

It was still unclear Wednesday when and whether the two Abrams tanks would be moved out of a railyard in southeast Washington, D.C., and brought to a site near the Mall as promised by Trump.

Trump, a Republican who was inspired to stage the flashy affair after seeing a similar display in France, dismissed concerns ahead of the ceremony about the expense and militaristic overtones of the event outside the 97-year-old Lincoln Memorial, a symbol of national unity.

"I don't think this belongs at a celebration of independence", she said, adding that she would not be coming back for the Fourth of July events.

The Pentagon appears to be attempting to avoid bad press related to the event.

"It is the spirit - daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love - that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world", he said.

Here, Kathleen Otal, of Arlington, Va., holds up a sign as Independence Day celebrations get underway on the National Mall.

"The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth", Trump wrote.

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the Codepink anti-war group, said use of the Bradley fighting vehicles reflected the "politicization of July Fourth and the militarization of July Fourth and we resent this". Aides scrambled in recent days to distribute tickets and mobilize the Trump and GOP social media accounts to encourage participation for an event hastily arranged and surrounded with confusion.

The blimp, a giant orange balloon that depicts Donald Trump crying and dressed only in a nappy, became the focal point of protests against both of his two visits to the UK. The last time tanks and troops rolled through Washington was in June 1991, when 8,000 soldiers marched in the so-called "National Victory Celebration" marking the end of the first USA invasion of Iraq.

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Air Force One and the presidential helicopter, Marine One, are expected to be part of a flamboyant display on Thursday that critics have slammed and say demonstrates weakness rather than strength in its flaunting of military might.

The last time a U.S. president gave a speech in Washington on 4 July was in 1951 when Harry Truman spoke on the Washington Monument to mark the 175th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Trump told reporters on Monday that the event will be "about this country and it's a salute to America".

Those not in Washington on Thursday celebrated Independence Day around the county with parades, picnics and fireworks.

Throughout downtown Washington, armored Humvees and other military vehicles dotted corners around commercial corridors, unusual even on Independence Day. Then, at 9:00 P.M., a great (to put it mildly) fireworks display.

Two outside groups, the National Parks Conservation Foundation and Democracy Forward, want the department's internal watchdog to investigate what they say may be a "potentially unlawful decision to divert" national parks money to Trump's "spectacle". But it's also drawn skepticism and criticism for its costs and political hue.

The celebrations will kick off with a parade at 11:45 a.m.

The city hosted a parade in the morning before the evening programme on the National Mall, which will include flyovers by fighter jets, bombers and even Air Force One, and the Trump speech.

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