Trump's military parade plan sparks backlash
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 9:57
Democrats and veterans advocates directed their ire at the steep expense likely involved in throwing a massive parade featuring rolling tanks and marching soldiers. They can teach our soldiers the march steps. "For the record: France's Bastille Day military parade is an old tradition, going back to 1880". His Putin comment refers to Moscow's 2016 election meddling, which the intelligence community believes was carried out with the intention of helping to elect Trump.
A White House official told the Washington Post that the parade is still in the "brainstorming" stage and that nothing had been finalized yet.
The Washington Post reported that military officials were "unclear" as to where the funding for the parade would come from.
But the size and scope of any potential military parade is unknown at this time, making a cost estimate impossible, according to Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Jamie Davis.
Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, declined to answer questions about how the parade would be paid for or when it would take place, adding that the Pentagon is actively "putting together some options".
"Whether we need a parade or not, I'll leave that up the commander-in-chief", he said.
The plans for the parade come as the Trump administration is trying to modernize and build up the USA military.
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If such a event happens, it comes after a number of other US military parades, including the ones below.
Sitting on the Champs-Elysees, the American president marveled at the Republican Guard on horseback and jets flying overhead, and greeted President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in an open-topped camouflaged military jeep.
Past year saw two big displays of military might.
"We're too great a nation to be participating in these types of things", Duckworth said when asked about Trump's parade. "That's not who we are, it's kind of cheesy and I think it shows weakness, quite frankly".
Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of MS, also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was not as enthusiastic about Trump's idea for a parade. United States officials say it would also be a logistical challenge to bring thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft to Washington.
The last time Washington saw anything similar to what Trump is considering was in June 1991, after the Gulf War, as Americans gave veterans of Operation Desert Storm a triumphant welcome home.
About 750,000 people stood along the three-mile route as thousands of troops marched around the capital with hardware on display, including the 69-foot-long Redstone - the first ballistic missile successfully fired by the US.