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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Fourth of July events in Washington, D.C. require a great deal of planning, from security and law enforcement considerations to financial preparation and budgeting. But this year, Independence Day could be even more challenging in the U.S. capital thanks to an event that President Donald Trump is billing as “A Salute to America.”

The event that Trump has in mind would include a presidential address, fireworks, and entertainment, and it will be held on the National Mall — perhaps at the Lincoln Memorial. “A Salute to America” would be on top of the usual range of Fourth of July activities that take place in Washington, D.C., which include a fireworks show, a parade and the time-honored “A Capitol Fourth” concert on the Capitol Lawn. And Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has expressed concerns about all the additional security and law enforcement resources that “A Salute to America” could require.

The 46-year-old Democrat told the Washington Post, “If we have to put more police to cover his movements, more police for the fireworks and an additional location for police where the fireworks are going to get set off, that puts a strain on us. We won’t allow it to impact neighborhood safety. So, the chief will have to think about if he needs additional resources.”

ABC News quotes Christopher Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, as saying that the agency is “working closely with local and federal partners to make sure residents and visitors can safely celebrate the Fourth of July here in the nation’s capital.”

The “A Capitol Fourth” concert is now in its 39th year and is broadcast by PBS. This Fourth of July will mark the United States’ 243rd anniversary as an independent government: it was on July 4, 1776 that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

 

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)