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PoliticsPolitics and patriotism mix at Trump's 4th of July event

07:15  03 july  2019
07:15  03 july  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Pentagon tells troops to say 'I am proud of my job and my vehicle/tank' during Trump July 4 event: report The Pentagon gave service members recommended "messages" to say at President Trump's controversial Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall, Mother Jones reported Wednesday.Members of the military working at the "Salute to America" event in the nation's capital on Thursday were reportedly given cards with do's and don'ts advising them to "make positive statements" and "stay in your lane" while avoiding "acronyms or jargon" and saying " anything you don't want to be heard or recorded.

Mr. Trump , by contrast, cares not at all about public unity. His political career is premised on stoking the nation’ s divisions. And his vision of patriotism “He can’t resist injecting partisan politics into the most nonpartisan sacred American holiday there is: the Fourth of July ,” said Representative Gerald

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Politics and patriotism mix at Trump's 4th of July event© Calla Kessler/The Washington Post via Getty Images Fireworks illuminate the National Mall in celebration of Independence Day in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 2018.

Politics and patriotism will mix on the Fourth of July as President Donald Trumpplans to deliver an address at the Lincoln Memorial and give front-row, VIP access to government officials and political allies.

The Trump campaign, Republican National Committee and people in the Trump administration have been allotted tickets for distribution to the planned "Salute to America." The event will feature music, military plane flyovers, fireworks and an address by the president.

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Trump will deliver remarks from the Lincoln Memorial in a campaign-style rally. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics . The Fourth of July event is free and open to the public, but some of the tickets distributed by the RNC went to top donors and included perks such as better

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For the first time, a sitting U.S. president will address the country on the National Mall on Independence Day. Typically, the president remains at the White House and avoids the political spotlight on America's birthday. But this year Trump will be front and center to deliver an address that is "patriotic" and "celebrates the flag," according to a White House official.

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Politics and patriotism mix at Trump's 4th of July event© Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with advisors about fentanyl in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, June 25, 2019.

The president's involvement in the event and the ticket distribution has raised eyebrows about a taxpayer event being used for political purposes.

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Trump has hijacked the planning of this year’ s party in the capital and plans to station tanks on the streets and hold a flyover of warplanes overhead. “The order of the day as ordained by Mr. Trump will not be patriotism but instead personality and politics ,” wrote the newspaper’ s board in an op-ed

Trump told reporters late Monday that “we’re going to have some tanks stationed outside,” following a report about the emerging plans by The Washington Post. Miller said the Secret Service will provide security for Trump ' s "Salute to America" event , but that the White House is issuing the tickets.

When the president was asked if his address will reach "all Americans" on Monday, he said it will but then pivoted to Democrats.

"I think I have reached most Americans," Trump said in the Oval Office before adding, "the Democrats' plan will destroy the country and it will be horrible health care."

In a statement, an RNC spokesperson confirmed that it was allotted tickets and said that it is "standard practice."

"It's standard practice for the RNC to receive a small number of tickets to events just as the DNC did under Democrat Presidents," a spokesperson said. "This is routine for events like the White House Christmas Open Houses, Garden Tours in spring and fall, etc."

The president was inspired to hold a major military parade after his visit to Paris on Bastille Day in 2017 but initial plans were cancelled last year after concerns about the cost of the event were raised. The "Salute to America" event on the National Mall will feature flyovers by Air Force One, the Blue Angels and also military tanks on display.

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What to know about Trump ' s July 4 th extravaganza. By Kathryn Watson, Emily Tillett. President Trump is throwing a Fourth of July celebration that he's promising will be "like no other." Enamored of military processions like the annual Bastille Day parade in France, Mr. Trump has sought to

President Trump wants to celebrate the 4 th of July in style in the nation’ s capital. WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is implementing a lot of changes to the Fourth of July Celebration on the Trump shakes hands with Defense Secretary James Mattis during an event at the Pentagon on Jan.

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On Tuesday evening, the president tweeted about two companies that donated the fireworks for the 35-minute event. The donation to the National Park Service is valued at $750,000, according to a Department of Interior news release.

"Thanks to "Phantom Fireworks" and "Fireworks by Grucci" for their generosity in donating the biggest fireworks show Washington D.C. has ever seen," Trump tweeted. "CEO's Bruce Zoldan and Phil Grucci are helping to make this the greatest 4th of July celebration in our Nations history!"

But Bruce Zoldan, CEO of Phantom Fireworks, lobbied the president against Chinese tariffs during a recent gathering with business leaders.

"They were all sympathetic to what I was saying, but holding on to the fact that China needed to be punished for what they felt were predatory issues and unfair trade. And they said hopefully a deal will be made," Zoldan said on ABC News Live.

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Independence Day celebrations in Washington will begin on Thursday with a National Independence Day Parade, followed in the evening with the Salute to America address at the Lincoln Memorial and then A Capitol Fourth Concert and Fireworks Display.

The departments involved with the president's July Fourth event have not disclosed how much money the full event will cost.

ABC News Senior Washington Reporter Devin Dwyer contributed to this report.

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