FAA to suspend flights at Reagan National Airport during Trump's Fourth of July event

FAA to suspend flights at Reagan National Airport during Trump's Fourth of July event
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Tuesday it will suspend operations at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside Washington, D.C., on the Fourth of July to accommodate aspects of President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's "Salute to America" event.

The agency said in a statement that operations at the Arlington, Va., airport will cease from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday while a military flyover takes place.


Operations will again be impacted from 9 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. during an extended fireworks show, the FAA said. The launch point for the fireworks has been changed to accommodate Trump's speech at the Lincoln Memorial

Medical and emergency flights will be authorized as necessary, the agency said. Baltimore/Washington International and Dulles International Airport will not be affected. 

Trump will participate in Salute to America on the National Mall on Thursday, an event he has teased since February. 

The military will feature prominently in the festivities, as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and an Air Force One jet will be featured in a flyover and tanks will be displayed on the Mall.

Democrats have expressed concerns that Trump is politicizing the holiday and that his use of military equipment will mirror parades held in autocratic regimes.

"July 4 is about celebrating our country, not our President. Our national holidays must be left alone," Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzAdvocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide Key Senate Democrats unveil sweeping online privacy bill GOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted Tuesday.