The Pentagon recently announced the estimated cost of President Donald Trump’s 4th celebrations, “Salute to America” event, which featured flyover by fighter jets as well as display of multiple tanks and fighting vehicles, to be around $1.2 million.
The “Salute to America” event, which was organized at the Lincoln Memorial, portrayed the achievements of the US forces. The military participation in the event was not an ordinary task.
The event highlighted various flyovers from Air Force F-22 Raptor fighters and a B-2 Spirit bomber, Army Apache helicopters, Marine MV-22 Ospreys, Navy F-35C Lightning II fighters and F/A-18 Hornets, and Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.
Furthermore, Abrams tanks, which the State Department recently approved to sell to Taiwan as a part of an arms deal to boost their defense technology, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles were also seen in the July 4th event. The fireworks alongside Trump’s speech caught the crowd’s attention, which remained in high spirits throughout the event.
The huge number of people at the event and the highly advanced technologies displayed on the occasion of the July 4th celebrations brought in some criticism for President Trump, who praised the military and their accomplishments throughout his speech.
Referring to the July 4th celebrations and the estimated costs, the Pentagon said, “The Department of Defense supported the ‘Salute to America’ with demonstrations by aircraft, static displays of equipment and ceremonial unit participation.”
“Additional funding was used for the transportation of static displays and equipment. The total cost of the Department’s support to the “Salute to America” event was $1.2 million.”
The cost mentioned only covers the expenses paid by the military’s budget. Many Democrats have stood against the event in regards to the expenses. They even called for the federal watchdog to bring in proper investigations related to the total cost of the event.
Despite the criticism that surrounded the Trump administration, the Pentagon stood in the favor of the administration. Citing the estimates of other nationwide events held in the country, the Pentagon said, “The Department of Defense has a long history of showcasing military assets to the country in order to recognize our military’s contributions to the safety and security of the nation, and to assist in recruiting future generations of Service members.”