'We're in the Planning Stages': The Scoop on Trump's Military Parade

09 February, 2018, 05:19 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • French President Emmanuel Macron right and U.S. President Donald Trump attending the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris

In January, last year, the newly appointed Trump administration was contemplating having a "Red Square/North Korea-style parade" for the inauguration, a source revealed to the Huffington Post.

The White House on Wednesday pushed back on reports that the Pentagon is planning a military parade "like the one in France", at President Donald Trump's request.

"We're all aware" in the USA of Trump's "respect" for the military, Mattis said at a White House briefing Wednesday, adding that the Pentagon plans to send proposals to the White House for a decision.

"More than 1,000 Navy aircraft from fighters to dive and torpedo bombers, filled the skies above, thrilling the thousands of people who packed the National Mall and the parade route", the U.S.

Yes, but nothing quite says "a vibrant and lively democracy" like watching an M-1A2 Abrams Battle Tank rumbling down the street. "We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a handsome thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms".

Trump has expressed interest in a military parade similar to France's Bastille Day, which the president attended as a guest of honor last July, the Washington Post reported.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", a military official told The Washington Post.

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

The Pentagon is still trying to figure out what an American military parade would look like.

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Some lawmakers chafed at the prospective costs. "The way to show our service members and veterans that we appreciate their service is to use the parade money to fund their health care and other services they need".

"This is not about a dictatorship".

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

If such a event happens, it comes after a number of other USA military parades, including the ones below.

The DC Council tweeted on it's official page this morning that the schools are open, but the "Great Tank Parade" is "canceled".

The Washington parade, dubbed the National Victory Celebration, cost about $12 million (about $21.8 million in today's dollars).

The Mayor says she's heard nothing from the Pentagon. It is the day where millions of Americans gather together to celebrate the birth anniversary of one of the most powerful country in the world. "That would be cheesy and project weakness", Graham told reporters on Wednesday.

According to the Post, however, the Pentagon prefers it be held on November 11, which is both Veterans' Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.



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