Trump's Military Parade Takes Shape

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Trump talked about watching France's Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July.

I am greatly concerned by the reports that President Trump is requesting the Defense Department put together a self-aggrandizing military parade.

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. "I don't believe we should have tanks or nuclear weapons going down Pennsylvania Avenue", said U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin.

The parade would be modeled after the Bastille Day parade that Trump spectated a year ago during a visit to France.

"We're going to have to top it. Planes going over".

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

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

The Pentagon is still trying to figure out what an American military parade would look like.

President George H.W. Bush held a military parade in Washington on June 8, 1991, to mark victory in the Persian Gulf War.

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers ran through a litany of Donald Trump's laziest hits, slamming White House chief of staff John Kelly for calling undocumented immigrants "lazy".

"This is not about a dictatorship".

White House officials on Wednesday defended the proposed military celebration. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted Tuesday night that "a military parade costs millions".

"We all know the president of the United States' affection for the military", Mattis said.

She says the city already bears a massive burden, and worries that a big military parade could cost millions and hurt military readiness.

"Parades like this remind me of that old Texas saying about a braggart, saying he was 'all hat and no cattle, '" Stavridis told the network. But she described the parade plans as "really in the brainstorming stage".

"President's Trump's desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base", Norton said in a statement, "rather than serve any legitimate objective or keep with any long-held American traditions".

"In the meantime, we do know that, just like the wall, he will have to pay for it", she said, referring to Mr Trump's proposed border wall between the USA and Mexico. But he said what he called a "Soviet style hardware display" would be "cheesy" and show weakness instead of strength.

Memorial Day and July 4 have been tossed around, but the military prefers Veterans Day on November 11, a few days after the election, because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I "and therefore be less associated with the president and politics".

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