#AceNewsReport – July.03: President Donald Trump isn’t taking “no tanks” for an answer on the Fourth of July: He said Monday that a display of U.S. military tanks will be part of a special event he’s headlining July 4 in Washington, and an Associated Press photographer saw at least two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles on flatcars in a railyard at the southeastern edge of Washington: Military police were guarding the vehicles, which were visible to passers-by on nearby paths: A U.S. official told the AP that the military vehicles to be used in the July 4 event were being stored at the railyard // WPIX 11 New York reported.
A worker washes one of two M1A1 Abrams tanks that are loaded on rail cars at a rail yard on July 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
He offered no specifics on where the vehicles would be located: “You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks,” he said. “So we have to put them in certain areas, but we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abrams tanks.”
Sherman tanks were the tank most widely used by the U.S. during World War II, but they have been out of service for decades: The M1A1 Abrams tank is currently the main U.S. battle tank: Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles will be on display as part of Trump’s “Salute to America” event, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the exhibits have not been made public: The Abrams tanks weigh more than 60 tons apiece and were been shipped on railroad freight cars, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, the nearest Army base that has them. The White House declined to release more specific information.
“We’re going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. It’ll be like no other,” Trump said. “It’ll be special and I hope a lot of people come. And it’s going to be about this country and it’s a salute to America.” …….“I’m going to say a few words and we’re going to have planes going overhead, the best fighter jets in the world and other planes, too,” he said.
Trump plans to deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial during his “Salute to America,” which has been added to the regular schedule of Independence Day events in the nation’s capital: The annual fireworks display will go off closer to the Lincoln Memorial instead of the Washington Monument, as has been the long-standing tradition.
Federal lawmakers, local officials and others have voiced concerns that Trump could alter the tone of what traditionally is a nonpartisan celebration of America’s independence from the British by delivering a political speech: Trump formally announced his bid for re-election in June: Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who oversees the National Mall and has helped orchestrate the president’s vision, and other officials have said Trump’s remarks will be patriotic.
// WPIX 11 New York reported a progressive group received permission Monday for their round, diapered Donald Trump balloon to be present during a July 4 celebration near the location where Trump will deliver remarks celebrating the nation’s birthday: The group, Code Pink, got approval from the National Park Service to have the balloon present between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET July 4 on a section of the National Mall near the Washington Monument.
The permit states that “all balloons are prohibited” on the National Mall, but that the service would allow the Trump balloon to be present if it adhered to certain conditions, including being “filled with cold-air only and unable to achieve flight.”
In a statement released Tuesday, the group expressed frustration with the permit, saying it “is not in the location we requested — within line of sight of the Lincoln Memorial where President Trump will be speaking.”
According to the statement, the group had requested to fly the balloon “on the large, empty expanse at the base of the Washington Monument that would not have obstructed anyone’s view but would have allowed the president to see the baby.”
“It is ironic that it is right here, in the ‘land of the free,’ the balloon is being grounded,” Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin said in the statement.
The group, which previously said it planned to “parade the Baby Trump blimp in DC as an all out call to reject Trump,” said in the statement it has requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Offices to fill the balloon with helium “so it will rise off the ground a mere two feet,” thereby making “the entire baby 20 feet tall.”
“We are now trying to get the waiver from the FSDO, but feel this bureaucratic process is designed to force us to just keep the baby on the ground, instead of floating it in the air,” Tighe Barry, a Code Pink organizer, said in the statement. “It’s ridiculous that we have to contact the FAA to hoist a balloon two feet off the ground.”
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