Cost of Trump's military parade could run into millions

  • Cost of Trump's military parade could run into millions

Cost of Trump's military parade could run into millions

US President Trump has asked the Pentagon and White House officials to begin planning a large military parade in Washington DC.

According to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, at a recent meeting between Trump and top military brass, Trump's wishes were "suddenly heard as a presidential directive".

The White House pushed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade through the streets of Washington, brushing aside criticism that such a display could be an unnecessary show of raw military power.

He said America often chooses to show off their military with parades of soldiers rather than machines, like the 1991 march through Washington commemorating The First Gulf War.

Trump reminisced about watching France's Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July. "I don't know. We're going to have to try and top it".

A parade showcasing the military strength of a country is a common thing for many countries like China, France and India.

US military units often participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of veterans, but these typically do not include displays of military hardware.

"It was one of the greatest parades I have ever seen". He added that the process is in its "infancy" but cited November 11 as a possible date.

"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue".

The White House quickly sought to paint the idea as a natural outgrowth of the President's love of and appreciation for the military. "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation", she said. Speier, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, called the planned parade a "waste of money".

"Why divert time, energy, financial resources to the planning of a parade as the president has asked?"

In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said that part of his "Make America Great Again" agenda included showing off the US military's might. Military officials said it was unclear how any parade would be funded. Trump has been talking about one since before his inauguration, and was re-inspired this summer after seeing one on Bastille Day in France.

Representative Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who has publicly defended Trump before, discredited the idea of weapons and military vehicles rolling through the heart of Washington, D.C.