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WashPost: Trump Wants Tanks for July 4 Event

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By    |   Monday, 01 July 2019 10:46 AM

Among President Donald Trump's requests for the July 4 celebration in the nation's capital is to have tanks and armored vehicles sitting on the National Mall.

According to The Washington Post, the White House is planning the event and there is not a designated event producer. There are still lingering questions regarding the distribution of VIP tickets for special access and requests from protest groups, in addition to the subject of 60-ton military vehicles.

The Pentagon knows of the request and is working on a plan for it, the Post reported, which could include parking the vehicles on the Mall rather than parading them down the city streets — which would risk damaging the roads because of the vehicles' weight and the tanks' tracks.

There also will be a flyover of military aircraft, including one of the jets used as Air Force One and the Blue Angels.

There is also a lengthy fireworks display of 35 minutes planned, which will merge a regularly scheduled show put on by New Jersey company and another one worth $750,000 put on by two other companies. Trump plans to speak at the event as well.

The celebration comes after Trump canceled a planned military parade in Washington, D.C. after city officials said tanks and other heavy-duty vehicles could damage roads and shake buildings.

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Among President Donald Trump's requests for the July 4 celebration in the nation's capital is to have tanks and armored vehicles sitting on the National Mall.
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