President Trump wants to hold parade in Washington to celebrate the military

Saul Bowman
February 9, 2018

The Washington Post first reported the plan, saying the potential event "would showcase the might of America's armed forces".

The president has long expressed interest in having a large-scale military parade in the nation's capital, complete with marching soldiers and tanks rolling down the streets, after witnessing the Bastille Day celebrations during his recent trip to France.

"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.

One possibility would be to stage the parade on Veteran's Day in November, which would coincide with the centennial of the end of World War I.

"We would charge the federal government for each and every bit of expense we have to shoulder because of an unnecessary parade to feed Trump's ego", said Norton.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the request to the military.

She says the city already bears a massive burden, and worries that a big military parade could cost millions and hurt military readiness.

Military parades are common in some countries, but the United States traditionally has not staged showy displays of military power. "I mean, we're going to be showing our military".

What's more, producing a military parade now is questionable when North Korea is set to have its own parade on Thursday.

President Donald Trump's proposed military "celebration" through Washington D.C. could carry a hefty price tag, if similar US parades of years past are any indication.

Representative Jim McGovern compared the idea to something usually carried out by autocratic nations.

The White House quickly sought to paint the idea as a natural outgrowth of the President's love of and appreciation for the military.

But the President found some support as well, mostly from his Republican corner.

Military parades of the grandeur Trump is apparently envisioning are not common in the USA, even as small military units often march in Fourth of July celebrations in towns and cities across the country or at the quadrennial presidential inaugural parades in Washington, such as last year's when Trump became the 45th US president.

While a parade similar to Trump's vision has been uncommon in recent years, the USA previously held a national military parade in 1991 to celebrate winning the Gulf War.

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