"And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".
The Washington Post was first to report Tuesday that the president told senior officials he wanted a military parade during his visit to the Pentagon last month.
"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", the official said.
President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the US armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday. "They'll love the pomp and will take pride in the show of force/honor of the troops".
President George H.W. Bush revived the tradition after a US -led coalition evicted the Iraqi army from Kuwait in the first Gulf War. Flyovers featuring the latest bombers are common at high-profile sporting events, and Fleet Week programs put military hardware front and center. But even then, it was sharply divisive, viewed by many as an $8 million-plus splurge of propaganda. The boats resembled a vessel he commanded during World War II that was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Trump never served in the military, and there's no big military victory to celebrate.
"Because of what I witnessed, we might do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue".
"The President's respect, his fondness for the military I think is reflected in him asking for these options", he added. So, he should pay for it. "The military is not Donald Trump's to use and abuse this way".
The cost of a military parade on its own remains an open question. It included tanks, armored vehicles and a flyover of USA and French military jets. The markets appear to be getting jittery.
Military parades in the USA, while they may seem rare, are not unheard of.
It's been nearly three decades since the US hosted a proper military parade, and Donald Trump thinks that's quite long enough. "That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue".
Near-daily tributes were held across the United States to welcome home troops who were part of Operation Desert Storm, but NY and Washington held the biggest celebrations.
"Donald Trump has continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies, and this is just another worrisome example", said retired general Paul Eaton of the progressive VoteVets.
That's a little harsh. While the details of the location are still being sussed out, Trump is pushing for the same route as his inaugural parade which, if you've forgotten, wound up being a giant commercial for the Washington, DC, Trump Hotel. They were referring to a 1985 study by Carol Cohn, who analyzed military remarks that compared nuclear war with "an act of boyish mischief". If he wants to parade American military might through Washington, he can and should pony up.
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