Planning for Military Parade Requested by President Trump Is Underway

Mattis says Trump's parade request reflects 'affection' for troops

Trump's Desire For A Military Parade Is Still "Literally A Brainstorming Session," White House Said

Minutes before, Defense Secretary James Mattis had defended the commander in chief's directive to the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington akin to one held annually on Bastille Day in France. The president "asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration" where "Americans can show their appreciation", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

At first, President Trump's desire to parade the military through Washington did not strike former Marine Sergeant and Iraq veteran John Hoellwarth as the best use of the Pentagon's resources. The National Victory Celebration Parade, which went along Constitution Avenue, included tanks and Patriot missiles, C-SPAN reported. "I mean, we're going to be showing our military".

Inspired by France's National Day celebrations last summer, where he was the guest of the French President Emmanuel Macron, United States President Donald Trump now wants to display his country's military prowess. It quoted an unidentified military official as saying, "The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France".

"I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud", Sen.

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Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, declined to answer questions about how the parade would be paid for or when it would take place, adding that the Pentagon is actively "putting together some options".

Some lawmakers chafed at the prospective costs. "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it.

"This is not about a dictatorship".

"A military parade of this kind would also be a departure from the values of our constitutional democracy", ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington said in a statement.

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It's impossible to produce a documentary about a dictator and not include footage of military parades. Everybody knows it, and we don't need to show it off. She acknowledged it's "not typical of our tradition" but said she could "see some justification" if "it's to celebrate what's supposed to be the war to end all wars".

Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana), said when you're the most powerful nation on earth, you don't have to show off like Russian Federation and China. "But I am not interested in a military hardware display that would be cheesy and project weakness".

Memorial Day and July 4 have been tossed around, but the military prefers Veterans Day on November 11, a few days after the election, because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I "and therefore be less associated with the president and politics".

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