said the military will soon see a “big spike” in recruitment numbers coming off of the steam from his “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration Thursday.
“We had a phenomenal crowd last night, and it was a fantastic evening for our country,” Trump said while speaking to reporters on the South Lawn at the White House on Friday. “You’re going to have a lot of people being recruited, I think, based on that. We’re going to have a lot of — a lot of people joining our military. And we really needed that.”
“Our job numbers are so good that the military has a hard time getting people,” Trump also said. “And I think, really, that you’re going to see a big spike. I’ve already heard it — a lot of people calling in. No place like our military. I think we showed that last night.”
Trump’s Independence Day celebrations featured a bevy of military hardware and even featured a flyover from B-2 stealth bomber in a display of force that was widely regarded as an attempt to emphasize the country’s military might.
The heavy military involvement incorporated into the president’s Independence Day celebrations earned pushback from a number of Democratic lawmakers leading up to Thursday, including Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“We have very few occasions where people can just, like, celebrate our country without it turning into a partisan food fight,” Bowser said of the event.
“I also have some concerns about a president not celebrating the military but glorifying military might,” Bowser added. “That scares me the most.”