Trump will get his tanks for Fourth of July celebration

Trump Demanding Tanks on the National Mall for His Out-of-Control Partisan Fourth of July ‘Salute to America’

The Council of the District of Columbia opposes the exhibition, tweeting Monday, "Tanks but no tanks", and linking to a 2018 memo from the Pentagon that discouraged them during planning for the scuttled Veterans Day parade because "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

USA battle tanks were spotted on a cargo train in Washington on Tuesday morning, a sign of the military firepower that will be featured as part of a July Fourth celebration that will differ significantly from past events.

The "Salute to America" represents a departure from the concert and fireworks display of prior years, which typically takes place at the foot of the U.S. Capitol.

The US president is headlining a "Salute to America" in Washington DC on Thursday.

"We don't have all of those logistics nailed down at this point", US Park Police Chief Robert MacLean told DC outlet NBC News4 earlier on Monday. The president has promised to go all out for Independence Day this year by sending tanks down the National Mall and having Air Force One do a flyover before the fireworks begin.

Even as some critics questioned the White House's handling of access to the Lincoln Memorial, officials from the Pentagon and Interior Departments scrambled to transform Trump's vision of an elaborate military and pyrotechnics display into reality this week.

"I'm going to say a few words and we're going to have planes going overhead, the best fighter jets in the world and other planes too".

He offered no specifics on where the vehicles would be located for the July 4 celebrations.

"And we're going to have some tanks stationed outside", he continued, though he added: "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 is routine for events like the White House Christmas Open Houses, Garden Tours in spring and fall, etc".

The president's reference to Sherman tanks caused some confusion, as the World War Two-era armoured vehicles have been out of service since the 1950s. The M1A1 Abrams is now the main United States battle tank.

Abrams tanks weigh more than 60 tons and were shipped on railway freight cars, from Fort Stewart, Georgia.

The list of fighter jets and other planes involved in Thursday's military flyover also has grown, with the Pentagon carrying out requests from the White House while the Interior officials organize the overall celebration. While the public will be able to view the event from afar, the areas closest to the monument, where Trump will speak, are reserved for ticket holders. The White House has also provided a select number of tickets to top staffers at federal agencies, who are free to distribute them as they would like. "Babies need enormous amounts of attention and are unable to gauge the consequences of their behavior - just like Donald Trump", co-founder Medea Benjamin said in a news release. "It'll be like no other", Mr Trump said.

The Democratic National Committee says it wasn't given any tickets to hand out.

Additionally, the celebrations will feature a small number of M1 Abrams tanks and other armored vehicles, USA defense officials have confirmed to CNN. Trump formally announced his bid for re-election in June.

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