Democrat cautions about Trump’s July 4th extravaganza

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A Democratic senator says he fears President Donald Trump’s planned July Fourth extravaganza on the National Mall could turn into a giant Trump rally on the taxpayers’ dime.

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico questioned Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at a congressional hearing Wednesday about Trump’s Independence Day planning for the National Mall.

Trump has tweeted he plans to make this year’s celebration one of the biggest in history and deliver a speech from the Lincoln Memorial.

Udall is raising concerns that the Trump event would take a “nonpartisan celebration and turn it into a de facto political rally.”

Bernhardt, whose job includes overseeing the National Mall and other public lands, promises the event will be a “celebration about America.”

The administration has released few details of the planning.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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