President Trump has asked the Pentagon for military hardware, including tanks, to be displayed in his 4th of July address to the nation.
Even though Trump was inspired then by a French celebration, Vox broke down at the time why what he actually seemed to want was a parade like they have in communist dictatorships.
The 73-year-old earlier said a display of USA military tanks would be featured in the parade.
Gotta 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. This concern has been heightened during Trump's administration by his repeated focus on showcasing the military as the main symbol of US power and influence in the world. Brand-new. And we're very proud of it. "And it's going to be about this country and it's a salute to America".
The generally apolitical event has featured a firework show on the National Mall for decades. The vehicles will not be moving thereby reducing the chance of damaging local infrastructure.
The Associated Press on Monday spotted at least two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two of the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicles transiting through the southeastern rail yard in Washington, D.C. CNN reported that a "small number" of M1 Abrams tanks would be included in the parade in some capacity, possibly for static display.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised military tanks along with "Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!" for the Fourth of July in Washington. Trump seemed to miss the fact that the point of Bastille Day is not military might, but rather the people's rights.
The US president had wanted a military parade of tanks and other equipment in the District of Columbia after he witnessed a similar parade on Bastille Day in Paris in 2017.
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He ended up canceling that planned parade after Mayor Muriel Bowser told him how much it would cost to have the tanks he so coveted.
A plan to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue on Veterans Day 2018 was nixed after the Pentagon released the plan's estimated cost: more than $90 million. As there are now no armored vehicles stationed in DC, the vehicles are likely to be brought into DC via trains and transported to the location on the back of trucks.
Military police stand military vehicles on a flat auto in a rail yard, Monday, July 1, 2019, in Washington, ahead of a Fourth of July celebration that President Donald Trump says will include military hardware.
One military official told CNN that F-35 stealth jets will also likely participate.
Other details of the July 4 celebration remain up in the air with just days to go.
A U.S. military official told CNN last week that the cost of using military assets in this year's July Fourth celebration was estimated to be less than $1 million and that the military personnel involved are to be drawn from units based in the Washington area, helping to drive down costs.
Trump is set to deliver remarks nearby at the Lincoln Memorial during the "Salute to America" event, which will take place from 6:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. ET.