Pentagon evaluating dates for military parade in Washington at Trump's request

Pentagon evaluating dates for military parade in Washington at Trump's request

"Why divert time, energy, financial resources to the planning of a parade as the president has asked?".

During a 18 January meeting between the President and top generals at the Pentagon, Mr Trump said we wanted a large-scale military that would roll through the streets of Washington - a demand that was interpreted as a presidential directive, according to the Washington Post.

Trump was awestruck by the tableau of uniformed French troops marching down Avenue des Champs-Elysees with military tanks, armored vehicles, gun trucks and carriers-complete with fighter jets flying over the Arc de Triomphe and painting the sky with streaks of blue, white and red smoke for the colors of the French flag.

At least, that's what a spokesperson for the Washington, DC, mayor's office told Washingtonian magazine. "This would only be about feeding one man's ego".

The other thing that isn't quite so amusing is that the president also just referred to Democrats in Congress who refused to stand and applaud him during the State of the Union, as "traitors".

On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before he was inaugurated, Trump told the Post in an interview, "We're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military". "It's something the President is looking at, not just a way that he can, but that the entire country can come together and show support and honor our military".

Such shows of force are rare in the United States. They celebrate the end of a war in victory.

There are, of course, certain costs attendant with displays of military might - far more common in places like North Korea and Russian Federation - that likely will run in the millions of dollars.

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"I don't know", Kilmeade said, before admitting, "It seems like a waste of money".

Even Trump's supporters were lukewarm to the idea. "I mean, we have a Napoleon in the making here", Rep. Jackie Speier of California told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.

"I don't think it's a particularly good idea", Kennedy said. With our wars un-won and our veterans often unable to access the care they need to cope with the wounds, both physical and psychological, of battle, President Donald Trump believes its the ideal time for a Soviet-style show of military might in the streets of Washington, D.C.

He says the Pentagon is cooperating with the White House and plans to present some options for the suggested event.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat and Army veteran who lost her legs while serving in Iraq, made headlines earlier this week for calling Trump "Cadet Bone Spurs".

Despite the criticism, the White House has defended Mr Trump's desire for a military parade.

"The military is not Donald Trump's to use and abuse in this way", the retired major general continued, insisting that the USA military would not be "reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump's image".

She has nicknamed Trump "Cadet Bone Spurs" because of his medical reason for a draft deferment. There's no issue with that", he said, but added, "We should always be careful always on cost.

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