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Trump salutes military in pomp-filled July 4 celebration on Independence Day


05 July 2019  

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show of pomp and patriotism on Thursday in a celebration of Independence Day while U.S. fighter jets were flying overhead. Critics accused him of turning the historical landmark into a political event.

Trump, a Republican who was inspired to stage the flashy affair after seeing a similar display in France, dismissed concerns ahead of the ceremony about the expense and militaristic overtones of the event outside the 97-year-old Lincoln Memorial, a symbol of national unity. “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now,” Trump said from a platform in front of the famous memorial, echoing a theme he uses at campaign rallies.

Flanked by Bradley fighting vehicles, Trump otherwise steered clear of divisive political rhetoric, in a departure from the majority of his speeches. At times, an enthusiastic crowd could be heard chanting: “USA! USA! USA!” (Agencies)

Publish Date : 05 July 2019 12:54 PM

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