Trump Just Said His July 4th Mess Was Such a ‘Tremendous Success’ He’s Doing it Every Year
Donald Trump announced on Monday that he plans to hold another Fourth of July celebration next year on the National Mall, calling last week’s “Salute to America” a “tremendous success.”
Trump boasted of the “incredible, big, beautiful crowds” that turned out for his speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial last Thursday despite periodic and at times heavy rain.
“Based on its tremendous success we’re just making the decision — and I think we can say we’ve made the decision — to do it again next year, and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future,” Trump said.
The idea is likely to stir further consternation among Democrats who raised numerous concerns with Trump’s “Salute to America” plans. Critics will likely further seize on the fact that Trump would be using a national holiday to deliver a speech during a campaign year.
Pres Trump says he considers his July 4th "Salute to America" event such "a tremendous success," he plans to do it again next year and for the foreseeable future." pic.twitter.com/b0iK1TigOp
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 8, 2019
Ahead of last week’s gathering on the Mall, Democrats and advocates for the National Parks system fretted about the exorbitant price tag that stretched into the millions of dollars, and the possible politicization of a typically apolitical holiday by including a designated area for supporters.
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The president ultimately delivered a speech this year that was heavy on military imagery and free of political rhetoric. It was accented by several flyovers from military aircraft that Trump had requested.
Trump has largely appeared pleased with the result of the event, as he’s retweeted various praise for his speech and bragged about the crowd size.
President Trump on #July4th Salute to America: "It was a wonderful day for all Americans and based on its tremendous success, we're just making the decision and I think we can say we've made the decision to do it again next year and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future." pic.twitter.com/iBEc6hhgL2
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 8, 2019