Pentagon: Trump Ordered Military Parade in Washington

Donald Trump with Emmanuel Macron in Paris last July where the US President witnessed a military parade that he wishes to emulate

"Whether we need a parade or not, I'll leave that up to the commander in chief", Jordan said. Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Joseph Goebbels all held military parades before losing power; Kim Jong-un has one slated for this week. "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it.

President George H.W. Bush held a military parade in Washington on June 8, 1991, to mark victory in the Persian Gulf War. But America has better ways to send that message: It can provide proper funds to ensure military readiness.

You know, I don't think it's a good look for us. "We're going to have to try to top it".

"I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Mr Trump told Mr Macron.

The defense secretary, a retired Marine Corps four-star general, said Pentagon officials are "putting together some options".

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.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump asked the Defense Department to "explore" the idea of a parade.

"We can't afford a parade".

Critics argued a parade could cost millions of dollars, at a time the Pentagon wants more stable funding for an overstretched military.

A military vehicle on the streets of Paris during the Bastille Day parade
A military vehicle on the streets of Paris during the Bastille Day parade

Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, D-D.C., who can not vote in the House of Representatives, said the parade would "waste of taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump's ego".

The Mayor says she's heard nothing from the Pentagon.

"Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States-and they don't come cheap". Would the parade attract protesters?

Trump talked about watching France's Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July.

"What would it suggest about our country and the direction our country is going in?" she asked.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME expressed some concerns about the cost but was open to the idea of marking the anniversary.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN that such a parade risks being "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness" if it's all about showing off military hardware.

Overt displays of military weaponry are seldom seen in the US, unlike the Soviet Union's decades-old Red Square celebrations or those in Pyongyang staged in recent years by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. So we welcome President Trump's desire for an event where Americans can express gratitude to the men and women who protect the nation - with a caveat.




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