Pentagon evaluating dates for military parade in Washington at Trump's request

Pentagon evaluating dates for military parade in Washington at Trump's request

Pentagon evaluating dates for military parade in Washington at Trump's request

On the same day as that interview was published, the Huffington Post reported that Trump and the team planning his inauguration had sought heavy military equipment for the January 20 inauguration parade.

Everyone loves a parade - and America's military surely deserves one.

President Donald Trump's dream of hosting a military parade in Washington was met with widespread derision Wednesday, with critics seeing evidence of creeping authoritarianism.

In addition to these celebrations of American military might, former presidents John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt had tanks, missiles, and troops at their respective inauguration ceremonies, which were held during the Second World War and the Cold War.

When Trump saw Macron in September at the U.N. General Assembly in NY, he again brought up the Bastille Day parade. "We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a attractive thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms".

The newspaper quoted one military official as saying, "The marching orders were: 'I want a parade like the one in France.' This is being worked at the highest levels of the military".

But the more I think about it, the more I think that it's maybe not such a awful idea.

"We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates", Charlie Summers, a Pentagon spokesman, told NBC News.

Some lawmakers chafed at the prospective costs.

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Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, defended Trump's idea against criticisms that it would be a waste of money.

"This is not about a dictatorship".

Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, told reporters that the parade is in the planning stages. Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Joseph Goebbels all held military parades before losing power; Kim Jong-un has one slated for this week.

US President Donald Trump has sent his officials scrambling after demanding a giant military parade.

The mayor's spokesperson, Anu Rangappa, said the administration has not yet formally reached out to DC officials about the proposed parade.

"We would charge the federal government for each and every bit of expense we have to shoulder because of an unnecessary parade to feed Trump's ego", said Norton.

"We need to fund the entire military for the rest of the year".

Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana), said when you're the most powerful nation on earth, you don't have to show off like Russian Federation and China.

The White House is trying to avoid linking Trump's association with the military parade and have suggested Veteran Day, which also in part marks the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. "But I am not interested in a military hardware display that would be cheesy and project weakness".

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