Donald Trump Previews ‘Salute to America’ Event for Independence Day

US President Donald Trump speaks at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 7, 2018. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday updated expectations for his proposed military parade in Washington, DC, suggesting that it would be more of a “gathering.”

“It’ll be a, really a gathering as opposed to a parade I guess you’d have to say,” he said, calling the proposed event a “salute to America.”

The president discussed the idea during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

He suggested the event would possibly be held on Independence Day at the Lincoln Memorial, adding that he hoped that it could be a tradition.

“The fireworks is there anyway, so we just saved on fireworks, we get free fireworks because it’s already being done,” he said.

Trump said that his acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan was exploring the idea at his request.

The president’s desire for a military parade in Washington, DC, is well known but remains unfulfilled.

Impressed by the grand military parade in Paris for Bastille Day in 2017, Trump expressed eagerness to host a similar parade in the United States.

The proposed parade was estimated to cost $92 million, before Trump postponed it in August 2018.

“Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN,” Trump said at the time:

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