Former President Barack Obama warned Americans to stay safe over the July 4 holiday and “listen to the experts, not the people trying to divide us” in a subtle swipe at President Trump.
“Let’s be safe and smart this holiday weekend. We will all need to defeat this virus. So wear a mask. Wash your hands, “Obama also said in a Friday tweet. “That’s the only way we do this – together.”
The ex-president’s comments come when Trump is about to head back-to-back. Fourth of July events that are expected to attract thousands of people, despite the increase in coronavirus cases in the United States
President Obama warned Americans to stay safe and “listen to the experts, not the people who are trying to advise us,” while encouraging people to celebrate the fourth of July safely amid another spike in coronavirus cases
President Obama tweeted his recommendations on how to stay safe over the July 4 holiday, and added a veiled swipe to President Trump, who is headlining two meetings that are expected to draw crowds during a pandemic
In a few hours, Trump will fly to South Dakota to deliver a speech and attend a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore.
The event will be limited to 7,500 people, but South Dakota’s government, Kristi Noem, said on the Fox News Channel on Monday that “there will be no social distance.”
Event organizers will hand out masks for free, she said.
“Each of them has an opportunity to make a decision that they are comfortable with,” Noem told Fox’s Laura Ingraham, adding that state officials say the people of South Dakota should “focus on personal responsibility.”
On Saturday, Trump will host a scaled-down version of his ‘Salute to America’ event on July 4 that he started on the Lincoln Memorial steps last year.
This year, the event will take place on the White House South lawn and, outside the gates of the White House, on the Ellipse, immediately south of the Presidential Mansion.
President Trump continues with two consecutive July 4 celebrations that could massage thousands of people. He will be traveling to Mount Rushmore tonight, then organizing a ‘Salute to America’ from the White House on Saturday
Thousands of Trump supporters are expected to attend tonight’s event on Mount Rushmore
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will show up at Mount Rushmore National Memorial tonight to celebrate early July at a gathering of an estimated 7,500 people. Despite the record high new cases of coronavirus in the United States, no social distance is planned for the event
Republican Governor Kristi Noem said people were told that if they were concerned they could stay at home. She added that free face masks would be distributed to people if they chose to wear one, but social distance is not a requirement
Members of the general public can access the National Mall to view the viaducts associated with the President’s event and then the fireworks.
The Interior Ministry said there would be 30,000 masks to give away and set up over 100 handwashing stations.
Still, the event has been criticized for enticing crowds to come out.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has no jurisdiction over the event because it is held on federal property, said on Wednesday she warned federal officials.
“We know this is a special event for the Ministry of the Interior,” she said. “We’ve let them know we don’t think this is the best [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and [D.C.] Ministry of Health, but this event will take place entirely on federal property. ‘
Bowser has encouraged DC residents to spend the fourth of July this year at home to stem the spread of COVID-19.
She had already canceled a scheduled July 4 daytime parade.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, was asked Wednesday about the Mount Rushmore event – and four July festivities – and reiterated the guideline that Americans should avoid crowds.
“You should avoid meeting as much as possible in a crowd where people can’t keep a physical distance,” said Fauci.
“Avoid crowds, wear a mask, keep your physical distance,” the doctor continued during an Instagram Q&A with former CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin. “It does not matter what the reason for the municipality is, whether it is a party here, the demonstration there. It doesn’t matter – wear a mask. ‘
Instead of crowded meetings, Obama pointed out an article in the New York Times that gave Americans socially distant ways to celebrate the fourth.
The play is linked to a number of virtual fireworks shows that take place across the country.
It also advised Americans to take a virtual tour of national landmarks, watch a movie about the country’s founding – such as the musical ‘Hamilton’, released just before the Disney-plus holiday – to play outside play or cook American delights.
The President is again hosting a ‘Salute to America’ event on July Fouth, complete with military flyovers, but this year’s scaled-down event will take place at the White House instead of the Lincoln Memorial. Pictured is last year’s event