The Toddler in Chief is getting his big parade, which is so big and beautiful that a lot of people are saying is going to be the best parade anyone has ever seen. It’s so big they’ve got to shut down the airport!
A donor of fireworks to the Fourth of July “Salute to America” celebrations said he would be disappointed if U.S. President Donald Trump broke his trust and turned the nonpartisan event into a political rally, as critics fear he will.
Bruce Zoldan, CEO of Phantom Fireworks, also denied any quid pro quo with Trump on China trade tariffs in exchange for his $750,000 donation of pyrotechnics and related support to the Independence Day event in Washington, D.C.
Trump has said he will deliver an address at the event, a moment that will prove a test of his ability to overcome political instincts and make a speech that does not attack his opponents but transcends the partisanship and score-settling for which he is notorious.
“I can’t tell you whether the president should or shouldn’t speak. If he’s the president of the United States, he’s elected,” Zoldan told Newsweek in an interview over the phone. . .
Trump announced on Twitter the “A Salute to America” event at the end of February, adding that he would address the crowds in Washington, D.C. There are Fourth of July celebrations every year in Washington, but Trump wants a unique spectacle this time around.
The president tweeted: “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!”
Zoldan said he and Grucci Fireworks, the other donor for the event, made their offer to the event’s organizers quickly after Trump’s announcement because they knew it would be good public relations for the pyrotechnics industry.
He subsequently met with Trump in May as part of a general meeting with business leaders from a wide range of industries to discuss the impact of the president’s trade tariffs, particularly those imposed on China.
The American Pyrotechnics Association of which Zoldan is a member and former director, is lobbying Trump on his tariffs, urging him to do a deal with the Chinese before further escalation in the trade war, which is set to hit the fireworks industry hard.
Almost all of the fireworks imported to America come from China. Those fireworks will soon be the subject of a 25 percent tariff if the Trump administration fails to reach a new trade deal with China in its ongoing discussions.
I’m sincerely prayerful that some devious genius of protest is planning to disrupt this travesty in the most humiliating way possible, preferably when Trump is giving his non-partisan speech celebrating our new concentration camps and the fantastic deals he’s struck with dictators around the world.