Trump touts 'BIG FIREWORKS' returning to Mt. Rushmore for July 4

Trump touts 'BIG FIREWORKS' returning to Mt. Rushmore for July 4
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE touted the return of the July 4 fireworks show to Mount Rushmore, praising South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemTrump: If I say I should be on Mt. Rushmore, 'I will end up with such bad publicity' Transportation Department seeks to crack down on pipeline protests: report Trump touts 'BIG FIREWORKS' returning to Mt. Rushmore for July 4 MORE (R) and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

“I am pleased to inform you that THE BIG FIREWORKS, after many years of not having any, are coming back to beautiful Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Great work @GovKristiNoem and @SecBernhardt! #MAGA,” he tweeted Tuesday evening. 

Noem first announced the news Tuesday, saying the fireworks show would return for the first time since 2009 after a series of productive meetings with the Interior Department. 

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“We are excited and honored to see fireworks return to our nation’s Shrine of Democracy,” Noem said in a statement. “When the fireworks were previously held at Mount Rushmore, the show was beamed around the globe via satellite. The entire world was able to view a celebration of our nation’s freedoms from the majestic memorial and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. There is no more fitting place in all the nation to celebrate our democracy than from Mount Rushmore.”

“I look forward to working with the State of South Dakota to restore a fireworks display at one of our nation's great Memorials, which tells the story of the birth, growth, development, and preservation of this great country,” added Bernhardt.

The fireworks show was discontinued after 2009 due to concerns over a pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills National Forest, but Noem said Tuesday the forest had gained strength and that pyrotechnic advancements would help ensure a safe fireworks display. 

Trump is known to favor large displays of patriotism, praising France for its annual Bastille Day parade and floating the idea of a military parade in Washington before scrapping the plan over its cost.