NYT: Trump celebrates 4th by turning US into a banana republic

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolev, right, and Commander of Western military district Andrei Kartapolov arrive to attend the military parade during the Navy Day celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday, July 30, 2017. unidentified (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Mr. Trump… has requested that the chiefs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines stand next to him as aircraft from each of their services fly overhead and their respective hymns play on loudspeakers.

“It’ll be like no other — it’ll be special, and I hope a lot of people come,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We have some incredible equipment, military equipment, on display — brand-new. And we’re very proud of it.”


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