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$2.5 million being diverted from US parks to fund military parade

Thursday, July 4th 2019, 1:51 pm - Nearly $2.5 million USD of funds intended to preserve US national parks is being redirected to help cover costs related to President Trump's Fourth of July event, the Washington Post reports.

The post cites two unnamed individuals familiar with the agreement as sources.

The administration hasn't published the total price tag for the event, but Trump tweeted Wednesday the celebration would cost

"The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth," he said on Twitter Wednesday.

"We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!"

The event is being called a "military parade" which will feature tanks on the street of Washington D.C.

According to CNN, the celebration was inspired by a 14th of July celebration in Paris, France in remembrance of how the country has been shaped by two world wars.

Donald Trump attended the French parade in 2017.

Sources: Twitter | Washington Post

VIDEO: GORGEOUS CANADA DAY FIREWORKS | JULY 2018

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