Trump Says Tanks Will Be Part of July 4th Celebration in Washington

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By Reuters
July 1, 2019US News
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Trump Says Tanks Will Be Part of July 4th Celebration in Washington
President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (R), speaks during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said he plans to display battle tanks on Washington’s National Mall as part of a pumped-up Fourth of July celebration that will also feature flyovers by fighter jets and other displays of military prowess.

Trump said modern M1 Abrams tanks and World War Two-era Sherman tanks would both be on display.

“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.

This year, the president is organizing an event called “Salute to America” that will honor the U.S. military.

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The Lincoln Memorial (L), Washington Monument (C) and US Capitol (R) are seen on the National Mall from air Oct. 17, 2012 above Washington, DC. (AFP/Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Trump plans to deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Also on the agenda are an extended fireworks display and flyovers by Air Force One, the custom Boeing 747 used by U.S. presidents, and the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels jet squadron.

“I’m going to say a few words, and we’re going to have planes going overhead,” Trump told reporters on July 1 in the Oval Office. “And we’re going to have tanks stationed outside.”

Trump has pushed for a military parade in Washington since he marveled at the Bastille Day military parade in Paris in 2017.

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US President Donald Trump (L) and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron applaud as they watch the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
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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. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, among others, witness the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr marching during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, on July 14, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

His administration had wanted a parade that had been planned for Veterans Day in November 2018, but it was eventually postponed after costs ballooned to $90 million, three times the initial estimate.

The Interior Department, which oversees the event, has not said how much the event to take place on July 4 will cost.

Two fireworks firms will put on a 35-minute display for free, which the agency said was equal to a donation of $700,000.

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Fireworks explode over the National Mall as the US Capitol (R) and National Monument are seen on Jul. 4, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

By Andy Sullivan and Makini Brice. Additional reporting by Jeff Mason.

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