WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday maintained his commitment to celebrate July 4 in the country’s capital, despite the fact that Democratic legislators in the region – one of the most devastated by the coronavirus – warned that the area did not will meet the conditions to carry out a massive act.
White House spokesman Judd Deere reiterated that Trump w ants to host an Independence Day celebration after members of Congress wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Home Secretary David Bernhardt on Tuesday to express your concerns about the safety of the event.
Trump said in April that due to the coronavirus, the ceremony would have to be less than last year at the National Mall monument complex in Washington, D.C., which was attended by thousands of people.
“As President Trump has said, this year there will be an Independence Day celebration and it will look different from 2019 to ensure the health and safety of attendees,” said Deere. “The American people have shown tremendous courage and encouragement in the fight against this pandemic just as our predecessors did in the fight to guarantee our independence, and this year both parties deserve a celebration on the birthday of the United States.”
In their letter, lawmakers in the District of Columbia area wrote that “such an event would unnecessarily jeopardize the health and safety of thousands of Americans.” The letter was organized by Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, from Virginia, and signed by 10 other Democratic constituency legislators in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland.
Last year’s July 4 celebration included tanks, a military aircraft flyby, and a speech by Trump at the Lincoln Memorial. The District of Columbia ensures that the federal government has not yet reimbursed it for the security costs associated with that event.