Trump praises military founding fathers on July 4

President Trump took the stage on Saturday for the second night to celebrate America’s birthday and praise first responders, the military, and the country’s prospects.

“Our country is in great shape,” the president told an audience of soldiers and medical workers in the South Lawn of the White House.

“Our army has never been stronger,” he said, vowing: “Next year will be one of the best years we’ve ever had.”

As for the coronavirus pandemic, Trump predicted that the United States “will likely have a therapeutic vaccine or well before the end of the year.”

As he did in his speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday night, the president praised the nation’s Founding Fathers for the unrest against the police and the desecration of statues caused by the police murder of George Floyd, describing protesters as “an angry crowd”.[s]. “

“The patriots who built our countries were not villains; they were heroes whose valiant deeds improved the Earth beyond measure, “Trump said as squadrons of American military planes roared overhead.

“If you believe in justice, if you believe in freedom, if you believe in peace, then you must appreciate the principles of our foundation,” he added.

Trump attacked the media “who consistently falsely label his opponents as” racist “.”

“We want a clear and faithful defense of American history,” added the president, accusing journalists of “slander.”

“When you level these false charges, you don’t just slander me; you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for the United States, “Trump said.

The Thunderbirds of the US Air Force and the Blue Angels of the US Navy made a long-range flyby of cities that played a role in the American Revolution, from Boston and New York to Philadelphia and Baltimore, as part of the federal government’s “Salute to America” ​​program. before they appeared over the nation’s capital.

A 35-minute fireworks show of more than 10,000 rockets and flares followed when darkness fell.

The US Department of the Interior promised to have 300,000 face masks to distribute to spectators in a shopping center around the National Mall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after DC Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized the party’s plans.

Trump said the United States “has come a long way” in the fight against the coronavirus even as daily cases rise to levels never before seen in the country.

“We have made a lot of progress. Our strategy is progressing well … We have the best evidence in the world, “Trump said.

“Regarding the remedies, we are doing incredibly well now,” he added.

Trump launched the Independence Day festivities by exploding his own rhetorical arsonists Friday night on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, with a speech that set fire to what he called a “left-wing cultural revolution” targeting historical figures of U.S.

“We will not shoot our heroes. We will honor them and demonstrate that they are worthy of their sacrifice, ”he said Saturday.