On Trump order, Pentagon arranging a military parade

On Trump order, Pentagon arranging a military parade

On Trump order, Pentagon arranging a military parade

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.

"My hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military service, sacrifice, and saying 'Thank You" to those who protect our nation", Mr Graham said on Twitter.

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Here's what really happened: "The inspiration for Trump's push is last year's Bastille Day celebration in Paris, which the president attended as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron".

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump told reporters, according to the Post.

But the more I think about it, the more I think that it's maybe not such a bad idea.

"We don't need a puffy parade to show the world we can fight".

President George H.W. Bush revived the tradition after a US -led coalition evicted the Iraqi army from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

Some lawmakers chafed at the prospective costs. "We'll send them up to the White House for a decision".

"This is not about a dictatorship".

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But in a sign of possible tensions between Trump and his own staff, White House officials stressed the idea was still in "discussion".

DC leaders are pushing back hard tonight against President Trump's plans for a grand military parade through the city.

"This is in the early discussion phases", she said.

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

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

"We would charge the federal government for each and every bit of expense we have to shoulder because of an unnecessary parade to feed Trump's ego", said Norton.

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.

Mayor Muriel Bowser's communications director, Anu Rangappa, told Washingtonian that the mayor's office will have "more to say when formal outreach begins", but until then, "we do know that just like the wall, he will have to pay for it".

One option being considered is to hold the parade in November in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918, the official said.

Overt displays of military weaponry are seldom seen in the USA, 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.

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