Trump orders Pentagon to plan large military parade
01:03, Feb 8, 2018
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) made it clear that he found Trump's demand for a grand military parade to be something straight out of the Soviet Union and un-American.
But the size and scope of any potential military parade is unknown at this time, making a cost estimate impossible, according to Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Jamie Davis.
"I'll let military friends speak for themselves, hoping they don't just salute Trump, but when I served in the U.S. Army, the LAST thing we wanted to do was parade", tweeted John McLaughlin, who served in the Central Intelligence Agency under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. Led by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, about 8,800 troops marched across Arlington Memorial Bridge on June 8, 1991.
Pentagon emails released to the Huffington Post through the Freedom of Information Act confirmed that Trump also inquired about including military vehicles in his inaugural parade, sparking alarm from military officials.
Washington government officials are reacting with surprise and sarcasm to reports that President Donald Trump wants to hold a massive military parade. "We'll send them up to the White House for a decision", he added.
The president "has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday.
In France, the annual Bastille Day parade, which was beefed up after the November 2015 terror attacks, harks back to France's militaristic past. Would a military-style parade spur you to celebrate the military's role in protecting our freedom, or would it conjure images of North Korea or Soviet Russia? As the backlash continued to pour in, it reflected the growing negativity in the United States towards Donald Trump and the entire administration.
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Members of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division paraded through the Washington Square Arch in New York City during the World War II Victory Parade on January 12, 1946. The US is now still mired in the longest war in its history as the Afghanistan war enters its 17th year, and US troops are now engaged in combat operations in several countries.
The last major US military parade in the nation's capital was following the lightning-fast American victory over the Iraqi army in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
The president made the request of top military chiefs in late January, after reportedly being impressed by a French Bastille Day parade previous year.
Others who have criticize the plan include retired military personnel who said the money it would cost for such parade, could be used to improve the lives of veterans or raise military wages.
President George H.W. Bush revived the tradition after a US -led coalition evicted the Iraqi army from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.
"Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country", Trump told the Post.
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