Trump announces July 4 mega-celebration called ‘A Salute To America,’ but leaves out military parade
President Donald Trump announced a major July 4 celebration on Twitter Sunday morning, but notably absent from the plan was his long-desired military parade.
The celebration, to be held at the Lincoln Memorial, will be called “A Salute To America,” according to Trump’s tweet, and will include a “Major fireworks display, entertainment, and an address by your favorite President, me [Trump]!”
Trump has openly spoken about his desire to hold a major patriotic celebration in the US after he attended France’s Bastille Day military parade in July 2017. “It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” Trump told reporters at the United Nations General Assembly, months after witnessing it. Trump reportedly told French president Emmanuel Macron “We’re going to have to try to top it.”
He reportedly wanted a military parade, in particular.
According to The Washington Post, In January 2018, Trump directed military officials to begin planning such a spectacle, reportedly saying in a meeting, “I want a parade like the one in France.” A month later, The White House and Pentagon confirmed that the plans were underway.
The Washington Post reported that sources claimed that President Trump preferred July 4 or Memorial Day for the parade.
CNN reported that an administration official estimated that it would cost $92 million.
In August 2018, however, the Department of Defense announced that the parade would be postponed until a later date, potentially in 2019.
Trump took to Twitter to blame unspecified local Washington DC politicians for inflating the price, writing, “The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it.”
The Lincoln Memorial is under the purvue and administration of the National Park Service, so it would seemingly avoid logistical disputes with local authorities.
Neither the White House nor the National Park Service immediately returned request for comment.
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