President Trump told reporters on Monday that U.S. Army tanks will be present on the National Mall during the July 4 celebrations in Washington, D.C., this week.
The big picture: They're part of Trump's plans for the "Salute to America" event to honor the U.S. military, per AP. There will also be flyovers by Air Force One and the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels jet squadron. Trump will deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: The national July 4 celebration is often seen as a nonpartisan event, but Trump has inserted himself into the event, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh notes.