Maggie Haberman Explains Fourth of July Plans: Trump Was Like ‘A Kid With a New LEGO Set’ on Bastille Day
The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman today talked on CNN about how long President Donald Trump has “fantasized” about something some big show of military might, as is planned for the 4th of July tomorrow.
She said we just don’t know how much it will cost, something the president downplayed on Twitter hours later:
The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
Haberman said that while Trump is certainly not the first who has “used the military” like this, the way Trump is going about it is unique, given how he “praises authoritarians” and engages with leaders who use military might “in a way that is not the way that democracies do.”
John Berman noted that one of the only limits Trump might not like is that the tanks won’t be moving––”he would love it if they could actually be rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
“The theatrics would have been more appealing to him,” Haberman said. “But as it is, there are going to be fighter jets overhead, and I think that he loves that visual. I was with him at that Bastille Day event and it was like watching a kid with a new LEGO set.”
You can watch above, via CNN.
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