Trump Says Tanks Will Be Part of US Holiday Show

2019-07-03

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  • U.S. President Donald Trump says military tanks will be part of a special Fourth of July show in Washington this week.
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  • The show is part of a yearly celebration of the country's declaration of independence from Britain in 1776.
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  • But the celebration does not usually include U.S. military vehicles.
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  • These and some of Trump's other ideas for the special show are changes from the usual Independence Day traditions.
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  • "We're going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington, D.C.," the president said.
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  • "It'll be special and I hope a lot of people come. And it's going to be about this country and it's a salute to America."
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  • Last year, Trump and his wife Melania Trump spent the holiday at the White House with invited guests and their families.
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  • This year, he plans to give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
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  • The event is free and open to the public, and the area can hold a large crowd.
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  • Trump has also expanded the yearly fireworks show and moved it closer to the Lincoln Memorial.
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  • In addition, military fighter jets will be flying overhead.
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  • These changes have caused concern among some U.S. officials, who note they will cost additional money and effort.
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  • Others worry that Trump's plans will make the show feel more like a political campaign event than a celebration of the country's independence.
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  • In the past, the Fourth of July show has not supported a political party or candidate.
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  • Because Trump is seeking re-election in 2020, some Americans worry he will give a political speech.
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  • However, the top official for the event says Trump's speech will be patriotic.
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  • And some D.C. officials are concerned about the tanks.
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  • They say the heavy vehicles could damage the city's streets.
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  • Trump did not say earlier this week where the tanks would be.
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  • He said they would be "stationed outside."
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  • The president said two years ago he wanted a military parade of tanks and other equipment in the nation's capital.
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  • He saw a similar parade on France's Bastille Day during a visit to Paris in 2017.
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  • At the time, his proposal was not accepted, partly because of cost.
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  • But the president seems to have held on to the idea.
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  • I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.
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  • U.S. President Donald Trump says military tanks will be part of a special Fourth of July show in Washington this week. The show is part of a yearly celebration of the country's declaration of independence from Britain in 1776.
  • 2
  • But the celebration does not usually include U.S. military vehicles. These and some of Trump's other ideas for the special show are changes from the usual Independence Day traditions.
  • 3
  • "We're going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington, D.C.," the president said. "It'll be special and I hope a lot of people come. And it's going to be about this country and it's a salute to America."
  • 4
  • Last year, Trump and his wife Melania Trump spent the holiday at the White House with invited guests and their families. This year, he plans to give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The event is free and open to the public, and the area can hold a large crowd.
  • 5
  • Trump has also expanded the yearly fireworks show and moved it closer to the Lincoln Memorial. In addition, military fighter jets will be flying overhead.
  • 6
  • These changes have caused concern among some U.S. officials, who note they will cost additional money and effort. Others worry that Trump's plans will make the show feel more like a political campaign event than a celebration of the country's independence.
  • 7
  • In the past, the Fourth of July show has not supported a political party or candidate. Because Trump is seeking re-election in 2020, some Americans worry he will give a political speech.
  • 8
  • However, the top official for the event says Trump's speech will be patriotic.
  • 9
  • And some D.C. officials are concerned about the tanks. They say the heavy vehicles could damage the city's streets.
  • 10
  • Trump did not say earlier this week where the tanks would be. He said they would be "stationed outside."
  • 11
  • The president said two years ago he wanted a military parade of tanks and other equipment in the nation's capital. He saw a similar parade on France's Bastille Day during a visit to Paris in 2017. At the time, his proposal was not accepted, partly because of cost.
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  • But the president seems to have held on to the idea.
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  • I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.
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  • Kelly Jean Kelly adapted this story based on a report by the Associated Press. George Grow was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • salute - n. to show respect for (someone or something) : to publicly praise (someone or something)
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  • guest - n. a person who is invited to a place or an event as a special honor
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  • patriotic - adj. having or showing great love and support for your country