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Russian state media attacks Trump’s July 4th military use as ‘held together by tape,’ ‘Putin’s America,’ more

President Donald J. Trump, joined by the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, watches an aircraft flyover during his remarks at the Salute to America event Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
July 08, 2019

Russian journalists on Russian state-run television mocked U.S. military equipment that was in Washington, D.C., for President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” event last week in celebration of the Fourth of July.

The Washington Post first reported that journalists on the Russian state TV show “60 minutes” mocked U.S. military equipment, saying military tanks had “paint peeling off” and parts were “glued on with adhesive tape.”

“The paint on these vehicles is peeling off. There are no cannons, and their optics have been glued on with adhesive tape,” claimed one of the hosts, Olga Skabeyeva, the Post reported.

“Americans are allowed to hold a parade because theirs is democratic, but we are not allowed because ours is chauvinistic,” Skabeyeva added.

She also tweeted a video of one of the tanks, and the tweet roughly translates to, “Tanks on the streets of Washington, Trump prepare for parade. Putin’s America.

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Another Russian show host, Yevgeny Popov, said, ““The greatest parade of all times is going to be held today in Washington, that is what our Donald Trump has said. The American president announced he would show us the newest tanks,” adding: “These are Abrams and Sherman tanks, used during World War II and withdrawn from service in 1957.”

Trump’s “Salute to America” event featured flyovers by the next-generation Marine One helicopter, Air Force One, Marine Corps V-22 Ospreys, Navy F/A-18 fighter jets, Army AH-64 Apache helicopters, VC-25 jets and the Air Force B-2 strategic bomber.

Army tanks were also on display at the National Mall.