President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrat cautions about Trump's July 4th extravaganza

May 22, 2019 - 3:25 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator says he fears President Donald Trump's planned July Fourth extravaganza on the National Mall could turn into a giant Trump rally on the taxpayers' dime.

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico questioned Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at a congressional hearing Wednesday about Trump's Independence Day planning for the National Mall.

Trump has tweeted he plans to make this year's celebration one of the biggest in history and deliver a speech from the Lincoln Memorial.

Udall is raising concerns that the Trump event would take a "nonpartisan celebration and turn it into a de facto political rally."

Bernhardt, whose job includes overseeing the National Mall and other public lands, promises the event will be a "celebration about America."

The administration has released few details of the planning.

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