The Washington, D.C., City Council on Monday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators press Pompeo on Boeing satellite sales to China Trump touts low black unemployment, criminal justice reform on anniversary of Civil Rights Act Trump says Mueller ‘must’ stick to report’s findings during testimony MORE‘s Independence Day plans, joking about his intention to have military tanks on display when he gives a speech from the Lincoln Memorial.
“We have said it before, and we’ll say it again: Tanks, but no tanks,” the council tweeted.
“(PS: The @DeptofDefense agrees, see highlighted area below).”
— Council of DC (@councilofdc) July 1, 2019
The council included an image of a memorandum in its tweet from the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the line “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks” highlighted.
Trump said Monday that there would be tanks on display on the National Mall during the city’s yearly Fourth of July celebration.
“We’re going to have some tanks stationed outside,” he said during a bill signing in the Oval Office. “You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas.”
The military will figure prominently into Trump’s planned celebration. In addition to the tanks, the Interior Department announced last week that the event would feature a flyover by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Many Democrats and local officials have raised concerns about Trump politicizing Independence Day and the military with Thursday’s event.