Trump tells Pentagon to plan a military parade

Trump tells Pentagon to plan a military parade

Trump has long expressed willingness to organise a parade to showcase the might of America's armed forces.

President Trump reportedly made the request after seeing the Bastille Day parade during a visit to Paris in July previous year. He later tweeted that "I fully support" the idea, but that "my hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military services, sacrifice and saying "thank you" to those who protect our nation".

Nevertheless, when we think of military glory these days, France is not the first nation that comes to mind.

"Again, I think that what my responsibility is to make certain I lay out the strategy and make the argument for the oversight of Congress to make a determination of fully funding us", Mattis said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that the administration hasn't made a final decision on whether to have a parade.

Pentagon officials tell CBN News the US Army has been tapped to lead the planning, adding that the goal is to tie the parade to a significant, historical event.

She says the city already bears a massive burden, and worries that a big military parade could cost millions and hurt military readiness.

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A military parade has been discussed since before Trump was inaugurated. Summers said the parade could be scheduled for November 11, Veterans Day.

Throughout history, military parades have been used by rules to intimidate their own citizens.

Military parades in the U.S. capital are used to mark the end of a war, and there is little tradition of peacetime shows of force.

He said the two-hour parade was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", and said he wanted one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that would be grander than the one he saw in Paris.

As news emerged critics of the U.S. president quickly took to social media to vent their views, many attacking the proposal while Democratic congressman Jim McGovern described the idea as an "absurd waste of money" from a president who "acts like a dictator".

"Safe bet that Donald Trump - in addition to never having served himself, never having had a father or grandfather who served, and never having sons who served - has also never attended a line-of-duty military funeral, or even visited the front as President".

The White House quickly sought to paint the idea as a natural outgrowth of the President's love of and appreciation for the military.