President Trump is gearing up for his July 4 bash this week after a long-awaited appearance of tanks in Washington D.C. The tanks arrived in the city earlier this week (to some ridicule from the internet), but they won’t be rolling through the streets of Washington. The total price tag for the event is still unclear, but speculation notches it as a figure in the millions.
The National Park Service is moving $2.5 million in entrance fees to help pay for the event, according to the Washington Post. Those fees would typically have been used to improve the nation’s national parks.
As the stories of eye-popping price tags have continued to pile up, the president took to Twitter to offer a rather bizarre defense of his extravaganza. Writing on Wednesday morning, he declared, “The cost of our great salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door, all we need is the fuel.”
The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
Unsurprisingly, the local D.C. government wasn’t pleased with the additions of war-time machines to their city. In a tweet that soon went viral, they shot back to the request, “tanks, but no tanks.”
— Council of DC (@councilofdc) July 1, 2019
But, after it all, it seems like Trump is going to be holding one of the more unusual (and possibly expensive) July 4th celebrations that the nation’s capital has seen. At one point during the evening, he’s even expected to give a speech, which could see him digging into his political foes and probably a little bit of name-calling.