Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE on Thursday spoke out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE’s Fourth of July celebration and his controversial decision to display tanks and other military hardware on the National Mall during the festivities.  

“We need a strong national defense, but a president shouldn’t need it next to him in a parade to show his patriotism,” Clinton shared Thursday.


Clinton joins other Democrats in slamming Trump’s Independence Day “Salute to America." Trump confirmed to reporters in the Oval Office Monday that military tanks would be on display during the festivities, causing some to worry that Trump is politicizing the traditionally nonpartisan celebration in the nation’s capital. Trump also announced last month that he will be giving a public speech on the National Mall. 

The National Park Service was also reportedly directed by the Trump administration to divert nearly $2.5 million for the event from funds that were originally intended for the upkeep of the national park system.