Tanks arrive in DC ahead of Fourth of July – Washington Examiner
At least two Army tanks have arrived from Fort Stewart in Georgia ahead of the Fourth of July celebration that President Trump has said will honor the military in “A Salute to America.”
Trump said Monday that military tanks will be stationed outside during the celebration but provided no other details to NBC Washington.
A photographer from the Associated Press said that two M1A1 Abrams tanks are currently with four other military vehicles on a freight train at a rail yard in the nation’s capital.
Although guarded by military police, they are still visible to passersby.
U.S. Park police chief Robert MacLean would not confirm that armored tanks would be part of the celebration, saying, “We don’t have all of those logistics nailed down at this point.”
Trump and his team have been planning this event for the last several months and was interviewed about it by the Washington Post earlier on Monday.
In the interview, Trump expressed his enthusiasm for the event, saying, “We’re going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. It will be like no other, it’ll be special and I hope a lot of people come and it is going to be about this country and it’s a salute to America. And I’m going to be here and I’m going to say a few words and we’re going to have planes going overhead — the best fighter jets in the world and other planes too. And we’re going to have some tanks stationed outside. Gotta 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.”
These comments come after several within local D.C. government have expressed their concern for the possible damage done to local infrastructure if tanks are driven in a parade.