Big Parade to Show Trump's 'Fondness for Military,' Mattis Says
Big Parade to Show Trump's 'Fondness for Military,' Mattis Says
Forget the SOTU Address: Trump Wants a Military Parade
08 February, 2018, 12:18
A Pentagon spokesman, Charlie Summers, said Pentagon officials are aware of the request and are "looking at options". That display, which drew roughly 200,000 attendees, featured various military units marching, Navy and Marine bands performing, and jets and helicopters flying over the crowd.
Trump attended the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees July 14, 2017 and came away awe-struck.
You know, I don't think it's a good look for us.
"I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud", Kennedy told reporters. He gave the marching orders during a meeting with top generals at the Pentagon on January 18, according to the Post.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford later confirmed that planning for the military parade is in the works.
Just a few minutes later, however, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood at the very same podium and downplayed Trump's military parade.
"The president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think, is reflected in him asking for these options", U.S. Defense Secretary James Matthis said.
A White House official said there is "brainstorming" about the parade but nothing is settled.
"My hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military service, sacrifice, and saying "Thank You" to those who protect our nation", Graham said on Twitter.
Dates discussed for the event include July 4 and Memorial Day, which is May 28.
Trump has requested the parade be tied to a patriotic holiday and the Pentagon prefers Veterans Day on November 11 because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and wouldn't conflict with other preexisting celebrations. The optics of a military parade like they hold in dictatorships.
The last USA military parade was in 1991 under George HW Bush, and celebrated the victory over Iraq and the liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
Military flyovers are common at sporting events, and soldiers routinely march at presidential inaugurations - including former President Barack Obama's. Every dictator from Mussolini to Hitler to Stalin to Kim Jung-un has presided over military parades. For one thing, Washington's streets are not built to support 70-ton tanks. That parade would have cost more than $21 million in 2018, after factoring for inflation. Trump was also at the gathering, and he was still thinking about that parade.
Among their objections: Military parades have traditionally been the hallmarks of totalitarian regimes, appearing in the parade would be an unwelcome distraction for rank-and-file servicemembers and it would make it seem like the military is promoting the president and not serving the Constitution. "That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades".
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