US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the Salute to America event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Thursday. Photo: AFP

With tanks and fighter planes, Donald Trump celebrates US military in July 4 salute, defying critics

  • Against backdrop of military vehicles, US leader was first president in nearly 70 years to address crowd at National Mall
  • Trump is defensive over cost of event and accusations he is ‘hijacking’ celebration to boost 2020 campaign
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US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the Salute to America event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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