Donald Trump orders giant military parade for himself

Donald Trump orders giant military parade for himself

Donald Trump orders giant military parade for himself

Trump has frequently touted his support for the U.S. military and placed high-ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts.

"As far as the parade goes, again, the president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think is reflected in him asking for these options", Mattis said.

Such shows of force are rare in the United States.

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

Trump has previously discussed his love of displaying military might.

"It's kind of cheesy". And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military.

The U.S. faces a wide range of national security threats, from terrorism to rivals China and Russian Federation to rogue states like North Korea and Iran.

Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, was more scathing.

Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern has called the idea "an absurd waste of money", according to an article published by the South China Morning Post.

California congresswoman Jackie Speier told CNN she was stunned by the parade announcement.

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"That's not who we are", said Sen. He added: "Trump acts more like dictator than president".

"Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States-and they don't come cheap".

The last military parade in Washington was almost 27 years ago following the end of the 1991 Gulf War.

Fox News reported that local politicians in the District of Columbia - including U.S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) - are averse to the idea. "They'll be calling the mayor and complaining".

The group Vote Vets released Eaton's statement on Wednesday. "Permanently", the tweet said and featured a graphic of a "no tanks" symbol.

It's no surprise local politicians aren't lifting a finger to help Trump. His Putin comment refers to Moscow's 2016 election meddling, which the intelligence community believes was carried out with the intention of helping to elect Trump.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", Sanders said.

As for the parade, Duckworth told me, "Why would we do this when we're still at war?"

WELNA: The proposed parade was not as unexpected to military budget expert Todd Harrison as the Pentagon's apparent lack of pushback.

It's premature to attach a dollar figure without knowing the scope of the parade, but for comparison's sake, the last military parade in the USA, which followed the Iraq War, cost $13.8 million (adjusted for inflation.) That's a lot of money to spend on something just because the president thinks it would be cool.

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