Trump calls for Pentagon to plan military parade

  • Trump calls for Pentagon to plan military parade

Trump calls for Pentagon to plan military parade

"Because of what I witnessed, we might do something like that in Washington on July 4 down Pennsylvania Avenue". "This is about the president wanting to honor the military", White House Legislative Director Marc Short said on MSNBC Wednesday.

Seated next to French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump added: "We're going to have to try to top it".

That challenge came through in the White House's orders to the Pentagon to plan a U.S. spectacle, with the Post on Tuesday quoting an unnamed military official as saying: "The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France".

Muscular displays of American military firepower are uncommon in the United States, though service members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of veterans. Speier, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, called the planned parade a "waste of money".

He was impressed by a French military parade in Paris on Bastille Day a year ago, and spoke publicly about wanting a similar one in the U.S. "And North Korea and China", said Sen. "But I will tell you, it was about 100 to zero in terms of people, soldiers, former military saying they don't want any part of these kind of parades", Hertling said on CNN. There is nothing patriotic about a military parade. He said on November 9 during a meeting with President Xi Jinping: "The hosting of the military parade this morning was magnificent, and the world was watching".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday evening. Kirby said a big military parade in Washington is a bad idea.

Trump has been a fan of military parades ever since he attended a similar event on Bastille Day in France.

Meanwhile, the unusual plan for a military parade has already drawn criticism and comparisons with authoritarian regimes and dictators like North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

President George H.W. Bush held one of few American military parades in 1991 celebrating victory in the Persian Gulf War. He praised the French military parade and said he may do something like it in Washington.

"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.