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Pentagon: 1,700 troops will help Trump’s 4th of July celebration plans

Pentagon: 1,700 troops will help Trump’s 4th of July celebration plans

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Revealed 9:28 p.m. ET June 26, 2020 | Up to date 11:00 p.m. ET June 26, 2020

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Tanks rolled into D.C. for President Donald Trump’s 4th of July occasion. Trump confirmed that tanks and different automobiles can be current for his speech.

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WASHINGTON – The Pentagon introduced Friday that for the second yr in a row, the Division of Protection will present troops and substantial help to President Donald Trump’s expanded Independence Day celebrations.

Roughly 1,700 troops will present help to the Division of the Inside with “Salute to America” celebrations in Washington, D.C., in addition to flyovers of different cities together with New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and the Mount Rushmore Nationwide Memorial, Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, mentioned in a press release.

“The spotlight of this yr’s celebration can be our salute to the Nice Cities of the American Revolution.,” Mitchell mentioned. “The flyovers will start in Boston and proceed to New York Metropolis, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they’ll be a part of different Division of Protection and heritage plane within the Salute to America over our nation’s capital.”

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The assertion didn’t specify which plane can be showcased, however it added that “Flying hours are a sunk value for the Division of Protection, and these plane and crews can be utilizing these hours for proficiency and coaching at different places in the event that they weren’t conducting these flyovers.”

“The precise timing of the flyovers continues to be being labored and can be introduced quickly,” the assertion reads.

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Final yr’s celebration concerned flyovers by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, B-2 stealth bomber, and F-22 Raptor. The nation’s capital final yr additionally rumbled with tanks, and Trump’s demand they be a part of his “Salute to America” on the Nationwide Mall prompted criticism.

The announcement of the troops’ help comes someday after a new report from the Authorities Accountability Workplace mentioned that Trump’s elaborate Independence Day celebrations final yr in D.C., value double that of earlier years, ringing up $13 million in taxpayer {dollars}. 

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A lot of the rise was “attributable to the price for (the Division of Protection) to move a number of automobiles to the Nationwide Mall” and “the manufacturing and execution of the Salute to America occasion,” in keeping with the GAO.

Whereas D.C.’s annual parade has been canceled this yr amid coronvirus issues, the president is at present planning to push forward with modified plans for a July Fourth celebration within the capital, regardless of objections from lawmakers.

They’ve expressed fear about crowds gathering amid the well being disaster and the price throughout a turbulent economic system. Final yr’s value was “paid for primarily with annual federal appropriations.”

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White Home spokesperson Judd Deere informed USA TODAY that the occasion “may have a special look than 2019 to make sure the well being and security of these attending.” 

The White Home introduced Trump “will host the 2020 Salute to America on the South Garden of the White Home and Ellipse” this yr. 

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