2019-02-13 02:07:17 UTC
At the start of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the president announced his desire
to for a Salute to America parade on the national mall. Were thinking about
doing, on the Fourth of July or thereabouts, a parade, a Salute to America
parade, said Trump. I guess itd be really more of a gathering than a parade.
Perhaps at the Lincoln Memorial But were thinking about doing something that
would, perhaps, become a tradition. Unfortunately for the president, the
National Park Service is already on top of that tradition, hosting an annual
Fourth of July parade on Constitution Avenue, featuring marching bands, big
balloons, and units from the armed forces the sort of patriotic adornments
that Trump was not able to secure for his absurdly expensive military parade
scheduled for last year.
During the meeting, Trump said that acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt
would helm the project, giving him a Fyre-like, six-month window to prepare for
what would be a massive event. But, later in the day, an Interior Department
spokesperson gave CNN a statement that sounded like the type of encouragement a
teacher might give to an ambitious kindergartner who will forget about the plan
tomorrow: Salute to America is a great idea. We are working diligently to
present the best options to the White House.
The presidents comment on Tuesday falls into the burgeoning category of Things
Trump Has Proposed That Already Exist. In November 2018, upset by his
presentation on CNN, Trump put forward the idea for a worldwide network to show
the World the way we really are, apparently unaware of Voice of America, the
government-funded media distributor founded during World War II to do just that.
(To his defense, most of VOAs media output consumed abroad.) In June 2017,
Trump suggested a policy that bars immigrants from receiving welfare for their
first five years as citizens a law that has existed since 1996, as the
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. In April 2018,
when China upped tariffs on agricultural commodities, Trump proposed subsidies
for farmers, as if government aid to the industry didnt already number in the
billions. And then theres the crowd favorite: In February 2018, in a meeting in
which Trump said violent media may be to blame for Americas blight of mass
shootings, he suggested, maybe they have to put a rating system for movies and