BATTLE tanks were seen rolling through the streets of Washington ahead of Donald Trump’s Fourth of July military parade.
The US President has promised the “show of a lifetime” – but council officials are worried the streets and bridges will be damaged by the 25-tonne tanks.
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The US Army has warned Washington residents not to panic if they see armoured tanks[/caption]
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Council officials are worried the streets and bridges will be damaged by the 25-tonne tanks[/caption]
The US Army has warned Washington residents not to panic if they see armoured tanks and troops in their neighbourhoods this week.
At least two Bradley military tanks were moved to the National Mall ahead of Trump’s “Salute to America” celebration on Thursday.
Two 60-tonne Army Abrams battle tanks were also sent to Washington by rail to be positioned on or near the National Mall, to the dismay of council officials.
“You’ll see them moving through your neighbourhood, but don’t panic,” the spokesperson said.
The District of Columbia says it expects the federal government to pay for any damage to roads caused by military tanks and other heavy vehicles brought to the city for the event.
Kevin Donahue, the city’s deputy mayor for public safety, said civil engineers will assess roads and bridges after the holiday to determine if there’s been damage.
Mr Donahue says the city had little choice but to accept the tanks and other heavy equipment despite objections to Trump’s plan by the City Council.
Trump pushed back against complaints about the cost of the extravaganza, saying the expenses “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”
“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel,” he tweeted.
“We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!”
Protesters are also arriving ahead of the Independence Day events.
White House officials sought to counter the criticism by stressing that the president would deliver a patriotic speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the event.
The celebration will feature flyovers by Air Force One, the Blue Angels and other military.
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Also taking part in the show will be an F-35 jet from the Navy, aircraft from Marine Helicopter Squadron One, a B-2 stealth bomber, and F-22 Raptor fighter jets.
Several ceremonial military units such as the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the US Army Band and the US Marine Corps Silent Drill Team will be on hand.
The military expects the event to cost around $1 million, CNN reported.