Trump’s insistence of having tanks at his 4th of July party could do severe damage to the underground rooms at the Lincoln Memorial.
Trump could damage the Lincoln Memorial
Trump, who had already ordered up a flyover by military aircraft including Air Force One and the Navy’s Blue Angels, has pressed to expand his “Salute to America” event further with an F-35 stealth fighter and the involvement of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, which flies the presidential helicopter, according to government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly. He also pushed to bring military tanks to the site of his planned speech at the Lincoln Memorial, prompting National Park Service officials to warn that such a deployment could damage the site, these individuals said.
Engineers were examining the site this week to determine if the weight of stationing armored vehicles there would affect the Lincoln Memorial’s underground rooms, according to one individual briefed on the efforts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of America’s iconic memorials and a national landmark. Trump has shown no respect for the history and institutions of this country, so it is not surprising that he would plop some tanks down and damage the Lincoln Memorial so that he can play 4th of July strongman.
No one asked for a Donald Trump 4th of July party. Most of the country doesn’t even know that Trump is planning on giving a speech.
The whole ego-driven event is a waste of time and taxpayer money.
If Trump damages the Lincoln Memorial, it will another piece of Trump damage that will leave the taxpayers holding the bill.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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