D.C. plans to bill the gov't for any tank damage to roads, bridges after Trump's July 4th

Engineers will be dispatched to determine if there's been any harm to the city's infrastructure after the president's military display.
Image: M1A1 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles sit on rail cars in Washington, D.C., on July 2, 2019. President Trump requests military hardware for Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall.
M1A1 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles sit on rail cars in Washington, D.C., on July 2, 2019. President Trump requests military hardware for Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall.Mark Wilson / Getty Images

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia says it expects the federal government to pay for any damage to roads caused by military tanks and other heavy vehicles brought to city for President Donald Trump's Fourth of July event.

Kevin Donahue, the city's deputy mayor for public safety, told The Associated Press that civil engineers will assess roads and bridges after the holiday to determine if there's been damage.

Donahue says the city had little choice but to accept the tanks and other heavy equipment despite objections to Trump's plan by the City Council.

Trump's planned addition to the usual Fourth of July festivities includes displays of military hardware, flyovers by military aircraft, a Trump speech at the Lincoln Memorial and a longer-than-usual fireworks show.