ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A U.S. representative from Minnesota says President Donald Trump is hijacking the nation’s Fourth of July festivities.

Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum harshly criticized the president for expanding the regular Independence Day events in Washington to include tanks, bombers and other military machinery.

She says in a statement that Trump is twisting the traditionally patriotic event into a taxpayer-funded, partisan event to promote a “Trumpian cult of personality” rather than the spirit of American independence and freedom.

McCollum is chair of the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Interior Department. She says the most shameful aspect of the event is that “our military is being co-opted for a gratuitous display of strength by a commander in chief who relishes the attention of dictators and despots.”

The Trump administration has said the events will be patriotic.

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Comments (2)
  1. Anton Savarese says:

    And Mr. Obama spent $100 Million Dollars for a two to three week African safari for himself and his entire family and entourage.. So?

    Become an adult Betty..

  2. Virgil Anders says:

    I agree with Rep McCollum in principal on this, this is using our beloved memorials at the Capitol for the type of military military based stage show which has always set us apart from dictatorships and toleration states. We know we have a strong military, this day has always been used to focus on our wonderful freedoms that few others have. I have no political axe to grind, am an independent thinker and voter, but do hope this not setting a precedent for future Independence Days.