President Trump wants to hold parade in Washington to celebrate the military

President Trump wants to hold parade in Washington to celebrate the military

President Trump wants to hold parade in Washington to celebrate the military

The administration on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's idea for a national military parade, as some former military officials likened the proposed parade to affairs held by authoritarian regimes and some lawmakers questioned the costs that might be involved. Would Mr. Trump insist his parade be bigger?

It will be a logistical nightmare.

Would Abrams tanks chew up the pavement on Pennsylvania Avenue? For all his saber-rattling at North Korea, Trump, who has his own authoritarian tendencies, likely bears a bit of tank envy toward Kim Jong-Un. One can not attend them without feeling a rush of pride and patriotism, both for the skill and dedication of those in uniform, as well as the history and tradition they represent. Perhaps someone who wanted to bolster midterm electoral prospects?

In a rare on-camera appearance at the White House briefing, Mattis told reporters that the President's respect for the military was apparent in his request of a military parade. "This is apparently happening, though, so get ready".

It all started after the US President visited Paris past year on July 14 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to celebrate Bastille Day.

Kirby, the AP story reported, said a big military parade in Washington is a bad idea. "And I don't think that's been announced".

More ostentatious displays of arms have also been a part of previous parades, as was the case with President John F. Kennedy's inauguration parade at the height of the Cold War. "We'll send them up to the White House for a decision".

"This is not about showcasing our military".

Demonstrations of military muscle are not typical in the United States and they don't come cheap. "And they don't come cheap. So why divert time, energy, financial resources to the planning of a parade, as the President has asked?"

Trump has requested the parade be tied to a patriotic holiday and the Pentagon prefers Veterans Day on November 11 because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and wouldn't conflict with other preexisting celebrations.

"'That's what everyone is hoping, '" the military official said.

What Trump has in mind is something entirely different. Pennsylvania Avenue is the logical place in Washington, D.C., for such an event.

"In the meantime, we do know that, just like the wall, he will have to pay for it", she said, referring to Mr Trump's proposed border wall between the USA and Mexico.

Peters, a Fox News contributor, said showing off American military might can be very seductive for the people in power, but that Trump should take note of the way this country differs from others.

It even speculates he may serve as grand marshal, although there has been no indication to that effect from the White House.

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