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Police Evacuate Capitol Lawn Due To Lighting Strikes Near National Mall

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Police Evacuate Capitol Lawn Due To Lighting Strikes Near National Mall




The U.S. Capitol Police evacuated the west front of the Capitol on Thursday after lightning strikes were detected near the National Mall ahead of President Trump’s “Salute to America” Independence Day speech, reports The Hill.

The thunderstorms also delayed the start of Trump’s speech, CNN reported Thursday.



Journalist Shimon Prokupecz tweeted: “Trump Mall event delayed – unclear for how long. CNN has not yet gotten details of the length of the delay, but there is severe weather in the Washington area and low cloud cover. Trump still plans to deliver remarks at his Salute to America event, despite an announcement there would be a delay in the program. Press Secretary says there has not been a bad weather call and that the president would travel the short distance to the Lincoln Memorial”

Video taken near the National Mall showed a heavy downpour in progress around 5 p.m.:

Trump responded to the weather delay by tweeting: “Weather looking good, clearing rapidly and temperatures going down fast. See you in 45 minutes, 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. at Lincoln Memorial!”








Rain falling on Trump’s security glass provided an unflattering visual during his speech:





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