Lawmakers rain on Trump's idea for military parade through Washington

Lawmakers rain on Trump's idea for military parade through Washington

An unnamed Pentagon official who spoke with the Post said that they were looking at various dates for a parade and said they preferred Veterans Day because the event would be less associated with the President or politics.

Trump has expressed interest in a military parade similar to France's Bastille Day, which the president attended as a guest of honor last July, the Washington Post reported.

But in Europe, defense scholars immediately raised questions whether Trump's desired military parade would really fall into the same category as France's Bastille Day parade, which is held annually and is deeply rooted in the country's history and values.

Will Fischer, an Iraq War U.S. Marine veteran and spokesman for VoteVets, excoriated Mattis' suggestion that Trump's parade request was motivated by his deep "affection" for the military. Dick Durbin's comment that such a parade would be a "fantastic waste of money", White House legislative director Marc Short tells MSNBC: "I'm not sure honouring the military is a waste of money".

A potentially big issue is the funding for the parade, which would presumably involve thousands of soldiers and hundreds of armored vehicles.

In 1991, a parade was held in Washington to celebrate victory in the Gulf War. It's a time to display the militia green of the revolution.

"No one on Earth doubts that the American military is the most powerful in the world", Norton added.

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China also has regular military parades in Beijing showing its increasing military might.

"As a key campaign backer, Putin should be invited to send a platoon of soldiers to march in the parade", Painter tweeted. France does not display ballistic missiles or other heavy weapons, as some countries do. Would Mr. Trump insist his parade be bigger?

Since President Xi came to power in 2012, military parades have become more common, as he seeks to cement control over and reform the colossal People's Liberation Army. According to the Post, however, the Pentagon prefers it be held on November 11, which is both Veterans' Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

An Army tank passed in front of the US Capitol Building during an Army Day Parade in April 1939. In June, Xi inspected PLA forces in Hong Kong as part of celebrations to mark 20 years of Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. However, if we're going to do it then we have to do it correctly, and that includes having nukes.

In 1946, another military parade was held in NY to celebrate the Allied Powers' victory over the coalition of Axis Powers in World War II. Trump was also at the gathering, and he was still thinking about that parade. United States officials say it would also be a logistical challenge to bring thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft to Washington. They are national events. The U.S. traditionally has not embraced such showy displays of military might, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of global prestige and influence.

"Let's fix military housing, hire more VA doctors, fund telehealth, DOD schools, support the commissaries, daycare for families, or give more flight training time", he said.

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