Monday, 24 September, 2018

Trump asks Pentagon to plan military parade

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Faye Gross | 09 February, 2018, 03:51

Following the report in the Washington Post, it was later confirmed by Gen. James Mattis and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that a parade was in the works, but that it was in the early stages.

Trump has reportedly ordered the Pentagon to prepare a massive military parade for later this year to showcase the strength and power of the US military and celebrate freedom.

The news of Trump's call for a military parade in the USA comes as North Korea plans to show off dozens of long-range missiles during a February 8 parade, sources told North Korea's intentions told CNN last week. Is the US trying to demonstrate its military power or is Trump trying to copy Russia's tradition of military parades?

It all started after the US President visited Paris previous year on July 14 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to celebrate Bastille Day.

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump said during bilateral remarks at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting. "Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud".

And now this is a President who wants to have a big military parade through the streets of the nation's capital - largely, I suspect, because he saw the one France put on and thought: "We need something bigger".

Some lawmakers chafed at the prospective costs. The White House would not comment on how the parade would be funded.

"This is not about a dictatorship". "We've been putting together some options".

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But in a sign of possible tensions between Trump and his own staff, White House officials stressed the idea was still in "discussion".

Bowser also said she hasn't gotten any official notice on the potential parade. It was thus interpreted as a presidential order, the Post said, adding that the cost of shipping tanks and other military hardware to Washington could run in the millions of dollars.

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 don't mind having a parade honoring the service and sacrifice of our military members", Sen.

Apparently, the president went to the Pentagon on January 18 to tell his generals to start planning a parade.

One of those parades took place in New York City on September 10.

The U.S. faces a wide range of national security threats, from terrorism to rivals China and Russian Federation to rogue states like North Korea and Iran.

One option being considered is to hold the parade in November in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918, the official said.

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