Military parades

Trump announces July 4 event in D.C.

President Trump announced that he plans to speak at an Independence Day event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in a Sunday morning tweet.

"HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called 'A Salute To America' and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!"

The backdrop: Trump first floated this idea during a Cabinet meeting earlier this month. He has long expressed interest in a similar, large-scale event in the nation's capital, proposing a military parade last year for Veterans Day before axing it after pushback from local politicians over costs.

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Russia holding largest war games since the Cold War

Russian soldiers at the Victory Day military parade earlier this year in Russia. Photo: Wang Xiujun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images
Russian soldiers at the Victory Day military parade in Russia. Photo: Wang Xiujun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

Russia is launching the biggest military exercise since the Cold War in eastern Siberia from from Sept. 11-17 on the heels of heightened NATO-Russia tensions, reports BBC News.

The details: The war games will involve about 300,000 service personnel and include the Chinese and Mongolian armies. Russian reserve colonel Frants Klintsevich said the country has developed "a different attitude to combat readiness," per BBC. Meanwhile, China said the joint military operation would bolster "both sides' capabilities to jointly respond to various security threats." Beijing and Moscow have been modernizing their military capabilities as their relations with the U.S. grow more tense, the WSJ notes.