Democrats are beside themselves since Trump announced he would be holding a 4th of July event in Washington D.C. and why not? Every president before has hosted an event but because Trump is doing it, it must be bad. At least that’s Dem logic.
Tanks for President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration were seen arriving in Washington on Tuesday morning, just days before the event is scheduled to take place.
NBC News captured video of the tanks — two Bradley and two Abrams tanks — purportedly en route to the National Mall for Thursday’s event. Also in transport are support vehicles, including an M88, used to help recover heavy armored vehicles.
A photographer for the Associated Press also spotted two M1A1 Abrams tanks along with four other military vehicles on a freight train in southeast D.C. on Monday night.
On Monday, Trump told reporters that tanks would be stationed outside of the Fourth of July celebration, but gave no further details.
Two U.S. defense officials familiar with the planning confirmed that Trump’s remarks at Thursday’s event are expected to be roughly 20 minutes long, with approximately four minutes dedicated to each service of the military.
Despite what critics may think, the event has been fully dedicated to the Military and United States freedom and not about Trump. He is celebrating his country when the left would prefer to hide patriotism. The other claim Dems have thrown out is that this will cost taxpayers billions. False: a large majority of the funding has come from private donors.
There have been other displays of military equipment on the Mall, including much larger ones than what Trump has planned.
Public Service Recognition Week, which has been commemorated on the first week of May since 1985, often includes military displays, including tanks, on the National Mall. For example in 1991, during the Obama administration, the Army displayed an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank and an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle as part of the event.
After the U.S. successfully drove Iraqi forces under Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991, President George H.W. Bush celebrated the success of Operation Desert Storm with a massive victory parade that drew 800,000 people to the National Mall. Abrams tanks, along with a wide array of other military vehicles, rolled down Pennsylvania Avenue in the “National Victory Celebration.”