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.