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White House Advances Idea of Military Parade

08 February 2018

And on a day that brought a wintry mix to the District, the D.C. Council jumped on the opportunity for a lighter poke at the parade. That is a awful idea, ' he said.

When asked whether he would appropriate the money, Jordan said "we'll have that debate" and "whether we need a parade or not, I'll leave that up to the commander-in-chief". For the last two and a half years since the start of his campaign for president, Trump has promoted himself as a man who cares deeply about the United States military and veterans.

"At a time of stress and strain on our military budget, President Trump is proposing a costly parade that would divert needed resources from our military's core missions", Reed said.

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A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday that it was looking at dates for a possible military parade that could take place in Washington in November.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Donald Trump's desire for a massive military parade reflects his respect and fondness for the US military. "We'll send them up to the White House for a decision".

While a parade similar to Trump's vision has been uncommon in recent years, the US previously held a national military parade in 1991 to celebrate winning the Gulf War.

US military units often participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of veterans, but these typically do not include displays of military hardware.

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USA military members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of military veterans, but these typically do not include gaudy displays of military hardware.

The Pentagon and Trump's transition team both declined to comment on the report at the time. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted Tuesday night that "a military parade costs millions".

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. While the Pentagon does not yet have a cost estimate for how much another parade may cost, it is likely to be in the millions of dollars.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, a prominent Republican voice on defense matters, said he favored highlighting the country's armed forces but not its weaponry. Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is canceled.

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The president has repeatedly mused about how he would like a military parade. He's actually claimed that his experience at an exclusive military boarding school for children of the rich gave him real military experience and it's a sore spot for him. We saw it in Germany in the forties, Bulgaria, other countries throughout the world that live in not so great places with not so great leaders.

According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, U.S. military spending will be three times that of China and ten times more than Russian Federation.

The idea for the show of military might apparently came after Trump visited France last July for Bastille Day when an impressive military display was held.

Trump has been a fan of military parades ever since he attended a similar event on Bastille Day in France.

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White House Advances Idea of Military Parade