Donald Trump orders army parade

08 February, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. flanked by Sen. Brian Schatz D-Hawaii left and Sen. Bob Casey D-Pa. speaks with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches at the Capitol

But France sealed the deal, and these visions of military grandeur took a turn from the comic to the tragic on January 18 when, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, Trump ordered Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to start planning his very own parade. "Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled". He said the two-hour parade was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", and said he wanted one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that would be grander than the one he saw in Paris.

Officials previously said the event was in the "brainstorming" stages, according to The Post, and may be held this year around a patriotic holiday, such as Independence Day on July 4, or Veterans Day on November 11.

In typical Trump fashion, he also joked with Macron that "We're going to have to try to top it".

News of Trump's parade plans also fell flat with a group that advocates for military families. For the last two and a half years since the start of his campaign for president, Trump has promoted himself as a man who cares deeply about the United States military and veterans.

"If Trump really wanted to honor the men and women serving, how about pushing for full voting representation for the almost 10,000 DC residents in active military duty and thousands more veterans, rather than a throwing a parade just to feed his own ego", D.C. Council member Charles Allen, a Democrat, tweeted.

At the direction of the president, Pentagon generals have begun planning a grand parade on the streets of the USA capital to showcase American military might.

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"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", one such official told The Post.

People around the nation are reacting differently to the idea of a military parade in Washington, D.C.

Months after that meeting, Trump publicly remarked: "So we're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength".

"Look, you have of course the North Korea parallels, the big military parades and the standing and applauding", said Burnett, "Is it fair to make that analogy?" Such large-scale demonstrations of military prowess, US officials have reasoned, are reminiscent of the Soviet Union and North Korea.

The general did not address a question on whether it would be a good use of military resources.

The Washington parade, dubbed the National Victory Celebration, cost about $12 million (about $21.8 million in today's dollars). As Buzzfeed points out, past military parades were used to signal a victory, but the U.S.is still trudging along in the Afghanistan war, the longest in the country's history.

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