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President Trump: Happy Fourth of July
The President and the first lady will host a Fourth of July picnic and fireworks show on the White House south lawn.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the U.S. military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, powerful, and free,” and uses the independence day holiday, to thank them for their willingness to put their lives on the line in defense of the nation.
“Two hundred and 42 years on 4. July, 1776, America, the founders adopted the Declaration of independence and changed the course of human history,” Trump said, addressing hundreds of military families at a holiday picnic from a balcony with views of the lawn.
“But our freedom exists only because it is the brave Americans who are willing to defend your life and defend our great country,” added Trump, who was accompanied by his wife Melania. “America’s freedom earned by the blood, sweat, and sacrifice of American patriots.”
Trump left the White house for several hours on Wednesday morning, went in the direction of the private golf-club that he owns in Northern Virginia. He returned about an hour before the picnic. A concert and viewing of the fireworks near the Washington Monument is also on the lineup.
Trump was not expected on Wednesday and interview candidates for the Supreme court, taking a holiday respite from the intense process. He has spoken to seven candidates, according to the White house and his election announced a successor to the retiring judge Anthony Kennedy on Monday.
Prior to welcoming the guests on the lawn, Trump service members and their families praised as a “really incredible people.”
“I thank you for keeping America safe, strong, proud, powerful, and free,” he said.
The White house invited about 1,500 military families to the picnic, after the first lady’s office, with more than 5,500 invited for the fireworks.
Entertainer appearance of the 90-minute concert on TV, on the Hallmark Channel, the singer-songwriter Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova and former “American Idol” finalist Jonny Brenns and Jax.