President Trump on Saturday proposed a statue garden for America’s personalities, by George Washington to Amelia Earhart, scolded people who question the country’s forefathers and maintained 99percent of coronavirus instances are”totally harmless” in a July 4 speech to a packed White House yard — even as most Americans hunkered in their homes or forfeited holiday revelry.
In wide-ranging remarks, Mr. Trump employed the second edition of his”Salute to America” to defend everyone from Christopher Columbus to law enforcement officers who’ve faced assaults from”very poor people” amid protests over racial injustice which have ranged from peaceful to violent and fiery.
“American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the Communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased the terrorists down to the ends of the ground,” Mr. Trump said. “We are now in the process of beating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and individuals who in many instances have no clue what they are doing.”
Mr. Trump, who signed an executive order late Friday night to make a national park stocked with monuments to a variety of American icons,” said the U.S. will teach children”to treasure and adore their country.”
The park as designed will comprise a lengthy list of national heroes, such as Alexander Hamilton, Jackie Robinson and many others– drawing a contrast with protesters that are pulling existing statues.
“The patriots that constructed our nation are not villains, they’re heroes,” Mr. Trump said.
About 1,700 support associates are involved in the national celebration of the nation’s 244th birthday. Army flyovers were proceeding in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Mr. Trump said when people deride America’s forefathers and background, they tear down everybody from the president to the guys who raise the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II.
“You slander them,” the president said.
The event featured a parachute show from the Army’s Golden Knights along with an extensive air show over the heart of the country’s capital including aircraft from conflicts throughout the 20th century. )
Congressional Democrats in the D.C. area had objected to Mr. Trump carrying a gathering this year in light of this coronavirus pandemic. The president’s detractors say he is injecting interests into festivities and fauna which have been a part of July 4 in Washington.
Polls show Mr. Trump dropping to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president,” in crucial battleground states before November’s election. The campaign season was overshadowed by the country’s struggles to corral a coronavirus that is murdered almost 130,000.
Saturday’s event featured tables packed together around the White House lawn — some attendees wore masks, although many did not — even as the administration and governors in hard-hit nations urge Americans to avoid crowds and use face coverings to reduce transmission.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said guests weren’t examined for COVID-19.
Mr. Trump stated Americans can anticipate a vaccine for COVID-19 prior to the end of the calendar year, also reiterated his view that America’s unflattering caseload is due to widespread diagnostics.
“No other nation is testing as we have,” Mr. Trump said.
Swaths of the Northeast are visiting improvement after Mr. Trump asked Americans to work and learn at home from mid-March to the end of April, though countries like Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are seeing a surge in cases as they reopen, resulting in document single-day highs for cases. Hospitalizations and the speed of people testing positive is rising leading experts to warn of dire days ahead\.
“We’ve made a great deal of progress, our approach is moving along well,” Mr. Trump said of the pandemic. “We have learned how to set out the flame.”
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