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Trump asks Pentagon to hold a military parade in DC

09 February 2018

Critics, both Democrats and Republican, have said that a parade would be unnecessary, could send the wrong message and appear "totalitarian". But most Americans will eat it up.

Last year, Trump was in France as the guest of President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day, when the French military held a grand parade.

"I say that it's a fantastic waste of money to amuse the president", Durbin told MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday morning.

In an interview with Washington's Channel 9 WUSA news, Bowser said she thinks "most people are concerned with the obstacle" an M1 Abrams tank rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue would create, and "what it would suggest about our country and the direction our country is moving in". He now commands Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion, and he, too, thinks a military parade may not be such a bad idea.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday the Pentagon will submit proposals to the White House for holding a military parade called for by President Trump. "We've been putting together some options".

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

While the USA military doesn't exactly lend itself to parading, it has something worth showing off that China, Russia, and North Korea can't touch - soldiers who actually want to be there. "If you remove the politics, what's the harm?"

TODD HARRISON: They've said so many times how military readiness is being harmed and how they are falling behind in maintenance and training activities, and this does nothing to further the readiness of the military.

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"I don't mind having a parade honoring the service and sacrifice of our military members", Sen. Referring to the generals now serving in the Trump administration, he said, "Let Jim Mattis, (Joint Chiefs Chairman) Joe Dunford say whether it will go forward".

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that such planning was underway. They are extremely intelligent. "We are still waiting to see the details of Trump's long-heralded national infrastructure plan, and I fear that my constituents may see their roads "chewed up" before they see any progress toward rebuilding roads and bridges". White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there had been no final decision.

Even the hosts of Trump's beloved "Fox and Friends" expressed reservations about the spectacle that could cost millions. But President Trump does not often stand on tradition.

"A military parade of this kind would also be a departure from the values of our constitutional democracy", ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington said in a statement.

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Trump asks Pentagon to hold a military parade in DC