Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE on Thursday spoke out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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.