Trump predicts military will see 'big spike' in recruitment thanks to his July 4 celebration

President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE said the military will soon see a “big spike” in recruitment numbers coming off of the steam from his “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration Thursday.

“We had a phenomenal crowd last night, and it was a fantastic evening for our country,” Trump said while speaking to reporters on the South Lawn at the White House on Friday. “You’re going to have a lot of people being recruited, I think, based on that. We're going to have a lot of -- a lot of people joining our military. And we really needed that."


“Our job numbers are so good that the military has a hard time getting people,” Trump also said. “And I think, really, that you’re going to  see a big spike.  I've already heard it -- a lot of people calling in. No place like our military.  I think we showed that last night.”

Trump’s Independence Day celebrations featured a bevy of military hardware and even featured a flyover from B-2 stealth bomber in a display of force that was widely regarded as an attempt to emphasize the country’s military might.

The heavy military involvement incorporated into the president’s Independence Day celebrations earned pushback from a number of Democratic lawmakers leading up to Thursday, including Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"We have very few occasions where people can just, like, celebrate our country without it turning into a partisan food fight," Bowser said of the event.

"I also have some concerns about a president not celebrating the military but glorifying military might," Bowser added. "That scares me the most."