Donald Trump orders giant military parade for himself

Violet Powell
February 10, 2018

Trump attended the Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14th, following an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron.

"We'll put together some options and send them over to the White House for a decision", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Lindsey Graham, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and retired from the Air Force in 2015. But he said what he called a "Soviet style hardware display" would be "cheesy" and show weakness instead of strength.

Opponents blast USA president's plan for massive show of military force in downtown Washington DC parade.

The Pentagon is exploring the idea of holding the parade in November in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, the official said.

Congressional Democrats are raising concerns about the possible military spectacle, a date for which, White House officials say, has yet to be solidified.

Even some Republicans are skeptical. Sen.

"We have a Napoleon in the making here", said Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

Appearing on CNN, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gravely informed the country that a military parade is a bad idea because it would remind people of North Korea. "America, traditionally shows off its freedoms, not its military".

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Still, she conceded there was little chance of blocking a parade permit from being issued, given the First Amendment right to free assembly.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Joni Ernst of Iowa, both veterans themselves, didn't have comments about the idea. Some point out that it's a waste of taxpayers' money and that it's reminiscent of a dictatorship.

"I was stunned by it, to be quite honest".

"We're going to have to try to top it", he told reporters afterwards.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has confirmed Mr Trump's intentions. Critics have suggested that the parade is essentially a giant wobbly megaphone to say, "Look at how strong we (and I) are", as The Washington Post's Rick Noack shared in an analysis. Brian Schatz of Hawaii. The Senate's second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said he wouldn't attend the event. But President Donald Trump does not often stand on tradition.

And second, is Trump unaware of the existing holidays - full days of tribute - that the country uses (Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Armed Services Day) to honor the finest fighting force the world has ever known? "Not with a parade for the President". Jonny Havens, a US army veteran who said he served in Iraq, called that sentiment "right on".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC told CNN on Wednesday that there is nothing wrong with having a parade to celebrate the military but said to have a parade to show military might is "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness".

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