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July 4 bash cost military $1.2 million

Reuters

A member of the U.S. Army assists as a Bradley fighting vehicle is moved into place on July 3 at the Lincoln Memorial ahead of a July 4 celebration in Washington.

Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Pentagon said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s celebration of U.S. Independence Day, which included bringing tanks and equipment to Washington, cost the military at least $1.2 million.

Two Bradley fighting vehicles flanked Trump during his July Fourth speech last week, in which he praised American military might despite having himself avoided the draft during the Vietnam War with bone spurs in his feet.

Trump told stories about each military branch before separate, dramatic flyovers of their respective military aircraft.

Trump, a Republican who was inspired to stage the flashy affair after seeing a similar display in France, dismissed concerns ahead of the ceremony about the expense and militaristic overtones of the event outside the 97-year-old Lincoln Memorial, a symbol of national unity.

“The total cost of the Department’s support to the ‘Salute to America’ event was $1.2 million,” the Pentagon said in a statement.Speech

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