Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE on Thursday spoke out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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.

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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.