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'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration wasn't first time armored vehicles rumbled into Washington

'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration wasn't first time armored vehicles rumbled into WashingtonFrom presidential inaugurals to military victory parades, the nation's capital has seen many occasions where tanks and other weaponry were on display.



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Defying critics, Trump salutes military in pomp-filled July 4 celebration

Defying critics, Trump salutes military in pomp-filled July 4 celebrationWith U.S. fighter jets flying overhead, President Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show of pomp and patriotism on Thursday in a celebration of Independence Day that critics accused him of turning into a political event. Trump, a Republican who was inspired to stage the flashy affair after seeing a similar display in France, dismissed concerns ahead of the ceremony about the expense and militaristic overtones of the event outside the 97-year-old Lincoln Memorial, a symbol of national unity. It is its strongest now,” Trump said from a platform in front of the famous memorial, echoing a theme he uses at campaign rallies.



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Trump news – live: President pleads with people to attend his July the Fourth celebration amid fears of small crowds and tank damage

Trump news – live: President pleads with people to attend his July the Fourth celebration amid fears of small crowds and tank damageDonald Trump’s “Salute to America” is set to take place in Washington, DC, on Thursday as the country celebrates Independence Day, with the grand military spectacle threatened by fears of a low turnout and concerns that the heavy tanks on display could damage the Lincoln Memorial.A new Morning Consult poll has meanwhile revealed the president to be losing support in key states he won in 2016, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio and Florida, as his Republican opponent Justin Amash announces his resignation from the GOP in opposition to Mr Trump's "dehumanising rhetoric".Undeterred, the president has been on angry form on Twitter, hitting out at migrants over reports of squalid conditions in US border detention centres and warning Iran against making threats by issuing one of his own: “They can come back to bite you.”Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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Trump defends cost of having tanks and military planes at his July 4 celebration

Trump defends cost of having tanks and military planes at his July 4 celebrationOn the eve of his planned July 4 celebration in Washington, D.C., the president pushed back against criticism over the amount of money it is costing American taxpayers.



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Trump facing criticism for July Fourth celebration as tanks arrive on National Mall

Trump facing criticism for July Fourth celebration as tanks arrive on National MallArmored vehicles, bombers and military jets will be featured at the 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C.; Ellison Barber reports on the preparations and reaction.



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The Latest: Booker speaks at Democrat victory celebration

The Latest: Booker speaks at Democrat victory celebrationMANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Cory Booker's visit to New Hampshire (all times local):



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The Ross Family's Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration In New York City Is Pure Joy

The Ross Family's Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration In New York City Is Pure JoyDiana Ross sparkled at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City



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'Read The Room': Empire State Building Gets Ripped Over Amazon HQ Celebration

'Read The Room': Empire State Building Gets Ripped Over Amazon HQ CelebrationThe Empire State Building was dragged on social media Tuesday over its



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Journalists: 'Americans Should Recoil' From Trump's Celebration Of Reporter Assault

Journalists: 'Americans Should Recoil' From Trump's Celebration Of Reporter AssaultThe White House Correspondents Association on Friday condemned President



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Donald Trump welcomes Andrew Brunson home with Oval Office celebration

Donald Trump welcomes Andrew Brunson home with Oval Office celebrationAn American pastor released from a Turkish prison on Friday knelt at Donald Trump's feet on Saturday, praying for the US president during a gathering in the Oval Office.  Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old preacher from North Carolina, who has lived in Turkey for over 25 years, asked Mr Trump if he could pray for him. “I need it more than anybody in this room,” the president replied. Mr Brunson then knelt, asking God to give Mr Trump “the wisdom to lead this country into righteousness”. He continued: "Protect him from slander, from enemies. Fill him with your wisdom, and strength, and perseverance." President Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo bow their heads as Andrew Brunson prays for the administration Credit: AP Mr Brunson was detained in October 2016 and charged with links to Kurdish militants and supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt that year.  He strongly denied any links to militants, and Mr Trump took up his case with gusto, demanding the preacher be released. His case became a bitter diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington. Mr Trump said the pastor's release marked a significant improvement in US-Turkish relations. “This is a great step towards having the kind of relationship with Turkey that we want to have,” he said, emphasizing that the US had not made any payment or granted concessions to Turkey in exchange for his release. "The only deal, if you can call it a deal, is a psychological one," he said. "We feel much different to Turkey today than we did yesterday. I think we have a chance now to have a really great relationship." There was NO DEAL made with Turkey for the release and return of Pastor Andrew Brunson. I don’t make deals for hostages. There was, however, great appreciation on behalf of the United States, which will lead to good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2018 Flanked by Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and John Bolton, the national security advisor, plus a phalanx of senators and advisors, Mr Trump paid tribute to the work of his team in securing his release. He also said the country was delighted he was home. “Right now the whole world is a fan of yours,” he said. Andrew Brunson, pictured in Turkey in July, escorted by police to house release at his home in Izmir Mr Brunson said he and his family still loved Turkey and the Turkish people, but added that he was unsure what he would do next. “Spend time with our children, and then pray and see what God wants next for us," he said. "In the future we will probably be doing some interviews, but this is just a time to thank this administration. We love this country. Last night we arrived in Germany, and the ambassador met us at 1:30am – I couldn’t believe it. He had a flag and I took it and very naturally kissed it." His wife, Norine, added her thanks to the president, who jokingly asked who she voted for. She replied that she had voted for him. "I sent an absentee ballot from prison," Mr Brunson added.



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