Veterans Are Divided On Response To Trump's Desire For Military Parade

08 February, 2018, 13:19 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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The president was reportedly so impressed by the military displays during a Bastille Day parade he observed in France a year ago that he's directed the Pentagon officials to put on something similar here in the U.S.

President Donald Trump is pushing the Pentagon to show off the nation's armed forces and weaponry in a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

"We have the mightiest military on the planet and we don't need a parade to prove that", tweeted Democratic Sen. He also suggested the president could visit Fort Bragg, where Reed served when he was in the Army.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump's intention was to have "a celebration" of the military.

President Donald Trump has said that he wants a grand military parade to show support for the military. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.

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"I think having a parade in the middle of the nation's capital is obviously not for the soldiers, it's more for the people that watch", Hertling continued.

Trump has expressed interest in a military parade similar to France's Bastille Day, which the president attended as a guest of honor last July, the Washington Post reported.

Trump's desires for a parade were considered a presidential directive following a January 18 meeting between Trump and the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the Washington Post reported.

The last military parade in 1991 cost $12 million, $3 million of which was paid by the government.

Evidently Trump has become green with envy as he's seen Lil' Kim preside over a military parade once or twice every year.

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"No one on Earth doubts that the American military is the most powerful in the world", Norton added. While the details of the location are still being sussed out, Trump is pushing for the same route as his inaugural parade which, if you've forgotten, wound up being a giant commercial for the Washington, DC, Trump Hotel.

Now, I think the French military has been unfairly maligned because it was crushed in World War II.

Still, Mr. Trump has publicly entertained the idea of holding a military parade since before he took office.

The president has been greatly enamored of such things since viewing the Bastille Day parade down the Champs-Elysees in Paris. "To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue".

Funds for a parade could drain resources that could have otherwise been allocated for the military's other needs.

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