Trump changes national Fourth of July celebrations to include him

Fourth of July fireworks at the National Mall
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President Trump has altered the itinerary for the national Fourth of July celebration to take a more prominent role, himself, in an address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial and a fireworks show at the Potomac River, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The national Fourth of July celebration is often seen as a nonpartisan event, but Trump has inserted himself, per the Washington Post. It's also unclear how much the changes will cost, but local officials and lawmakers are worried about the potential impact.

Pelosi to invite NATO secretary-general to address Congress

McConnell and Pelosi
Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi . Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in consultation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional leaders, will extend an invitation to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to speak next month before a joint session of Congress, Politico first reported and Pelosi's office later confirmed.

Why it matters: The rare bipartisan invitation is designed to highlight the U.S.' commitment to NATO on its 70th anniversary, even in the face of President Trump's public criticisms and private discussions about withdrawing the U.S. from the military alliance. Both chambers of Congress have introduced bipartisan bills seeking to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO without their approval.