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Donald Trump revives idea of big, patriotic ‘Salute to America’ in Washington

February 12, 2019

President Trump on Tuesday revived his dream of a patriotic display in the nation’s capital, saying he’s thinking about assembling a July 4th “Salute to America” that involves the Lincoln Memorial.

“It could be a very exciting day,” he said, adding he’d like it to become a tradition.

Mr. Trump pushed to hold a grand military parade through Washington on Veterans Day last year, though the plan was scrapped after city officials said it would cost tens of millions of dollars.

The president said local leaders in D.C. appeared to be gouging the federal government.

Mr. Trump, who was thrilled by a 2017 viewing of France’s Bastille Day military parade, raised the idea of an Independence Day celebration Tuesday during a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

“A ‘Salute to America’ parade. It’ll be really a gathering, as opposed to a parade, I guess you’d have to say,” Mr. Trump said. “Perhaps at the Lincoln Memorial, we’re looking at sites.”

Mr. Trump said his pick to lead the Interior Department, acting Secretary David Bernhardt, is looking into the idea.

The nation’s capital already celebrates July 4th in grand style.

PBS hosts a concert in salute of military members and their families on the Capitol lawn, and throngs of people turn out on the National Mall and in surrounding neighborhoods for an evening fireworks display.

Mr. Trump said he’d like to piggyback on that tradition.

“We get free fireworks, because it’s already being done,” he said.

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