Thursday, July 4, 2019
Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Independence Day event was delayed on Thursday afternoon as forecasts of heavy rain showers and possible thunderstorms threaten to outright cancel the President’s Fourth of July festivities.
According to NBC 4 News in Washington D.C., severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued in the city and an announcement was made at 5:30 PM local time that Trump’s event would be delayed. A speech from the president is currently scheduled to take place between 6:30 and 7 p.m, according to a recent tweet from the president.
Weather looking good, clearing rapidly and temperatures going down fast. See you in 45 minutes, 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. at Lincoln Memorial!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019
Only around 82°F in Washington D.C. where rain has cooled off the Capitol. Heavy storms continue south of D.C. but hopefully a window opens for Salute to America after 6 PM. pic.twitter.com/aedZbRoA0c
— Ryan (@RyanMaue) July 4, 2019
“Salute to America” is scheduled to hold performances from U.S. military bands and choruses, as well as a flyover from the Navy Blue Angels. Thousands of Trump supporters have come to the Lincoln Memorial for the event, but the president’s critics have attacked Trump for politicizing the Fourth of July event and diverting funds from the National Park Service to pay for the festivities.
The rainy weather also put a damper on anti-Trump protests held just outside the fenced-off portion of the Washington Mall where the event is being held. The 20-foot “Baby Trump” balloon that has appeared at protests as far away as London was brought to D.C. on Thursday, but was temporarily deflated after the storm warning was issued. The balloon was later reinflated and moved closer to the Lincoln Memorial prior to Trump’s scheduled arrival.
Source: the wrap feed