Trump's directive to draft options for military parade reverberates across Washington

08 February, 2018, 12:24 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"President's Trump's desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base, rather than serve any legitimate goal or keep with any long-held American traditions", said DC's delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes-Norton.

US President Donald Trump has asked for a large-scale military parade, the White House said on Tuesday, an unconventional move that will showcase American muscle and underscore his role as commander-in-chief.

Last time, the U.S. has witnessed a grandiose military parade of this kind was in 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq during the first Gulf War as missiles, stealth bombers, tanks and other military hardware were featured as hundreds of troops march down on Constitution Avenue.

Widely accepted as the world's mightiest, the US military has no tradition of putting itself on parade like in Russia, North Korea or China.

USA military units often participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of veterans, but these typically do not include displays of military hardware.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Pentagon, at the request of US President Donald Trump, is looking at dates for a potential military parade that could take place in Washington, DC, sometime in November.

The president did not seem deterred, although his aides rushed to downplay the notion that it was anything beyond an idea Trump had floated "in a brainstorming session" to help Americans express gratitude and pride for the military.

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According to the White House, Pentagon officials have begun planning after receiving the president's orders.

And a Republican senator, Lindsey Graham said on CNN that a parade would be "cheesy and shows weakness".

On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a surprise visit to the White House press room to address military funding with the possibility of an upcoming government shutdown rapidly approaching.

"The French march well, we fight well", Peters told Bill Hemmer. Turns out Trump was inspired by the parade he witnessed in France for Bastille Day in 2017. "And I don't think that's been announced". "This is about the President wanting to honour the military".

"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said in the interview. "I mean, we're going to be showing our military".

"I'm speaking with Gen. Kelly and with all of the people involved, and we'll see if we can do it this year", Trump said.

Short said it was too early to know how much the parade would cost. The parade featured tanks and other armored military vehicles and a flyover by jets that streaked the sky with red, white, and blue smoke.


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