Trump Wants To Address The Nation On July 4th On Steps Of Lincoln Memorial
President Donald Trump has announced his plans to take charge of the 4th of July celebrations in Washington D.C. Many Democrats and city officials fear the logistics and politicization of the holiday will not end well.
City officials in the D.C. area were notified of Trump’s plan to address the nation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and move the fireworks display, which is traditionally held at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, to the West Potomac Park, the Washington Post reported.
The plan, however, has raised logistical concerns among officials.
“We have a lot of people come to the Fourth of July. Logistically, over the years, the kinks have been worked out,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told the Post. “We don’t want to throw off what already works.”
This plan is also criticized for its obvious politicization.
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) told the Post that Trump’s address would undermine the spirit of the celebration.
The plan to change the July 4 celebrations came after Trump suggested holding a military parade, an idea he got when he attended Bastille Day celebrations in France.
The military parade idea was soon dropped after senior White House and Pentagon leaders estimated it would cost $92 million.
“When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up!” Trump tweeted.