World America 13 Jun 2019 Confusion mars Ameri ...

Confusion mars American I-Day

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Published Jun 13, 2019, 1:18 am IST
Updated Jun 13, 2019, 1:18 am IST
The National Park Service, that is primarily responsible for the event, has also gone silent.
US President Donald Trump (Photo: AP)
 US President Donald Trump (Photo: AP)

Washington: With just over three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on July 4 remains a subject of intense confusion.

Will the nation’s premier Independence Day celebration be centered on the National Mall as usual or shift to the Lincoln Memorial, as the White House has reportedly requested? Will President Donald Trump follow through on his plans to give a speech? And if he does, will the speech be open to anyone including protesters or will the White House somehow restrict his audience to  Trump supporters at the traditionally nonpolitical event? The White House hasn’t revealed its plans.

 

The National Park Service, that is primarily responsible for the event, has also gone silent. That leaves the city government, which helps with security, in the dark.

Independence Day normally draws tens of thousands to the National Mall for a celebration capped by fireworks.

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