Paris parade previews Trump's marching orders for DC

08 February, 2018, 13:15 | Author: Diane Mills
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The president was reportedly so impressed by the military displays during a Bastille Day parade he observed in France a year ago that he's directed the Pentagon officials to put on something similar here in the U.S. Nevertheless, it's an embarrassing waste of time, which is why Care2 members are signing this petition, Tell President Trump No Military Parade.

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

Mattis was asked by reporters how much a military parade would cost, and why the Pentagon should divert any resources to it.

A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday that it was looking at dates for a possible military parade that could take place in Washington in November.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe". She said Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.

Painter, a vice chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is one of a growing number of lawmakers, former administration officials and other figures weighing in against Trump's proposed parade.

Trump has expressed interest in a military parade similar to France's Bastille Day, which the president attended as a guest of honor last July, the Washington Post reported.

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Trump visibly enjoyed himself watching as armored vehicles rolled and soldiers marched down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and past a reviewing stand where they saluted him and French President Emmanuel Macron. He was wowed last summer by a French military parade in Paris marking Bastille Day.

President Bush greets General H. Norman Schwarzkopf who leads the Desert Storm Homecoming Parade in Washington, D.C, June 8, 1991.

On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before he was inaugurated, Trump told the Post in an interview, "We're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military". "I mean, we're going to be showing our military".

"The President is very proud of the United States military and all that they do on behalf of all of us, and we're simply exploring options", Sanders said.

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also weighed in, tweeting, "My hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military service, sacrifice, and saying 'Thank You" to those who protect our nation".

The Senate Democratic whip, Dick Durbin of IL, said he wouldn't attend such a parade.

On the same day as that interview was published, the Huffington Post reported that Trump and the team planning his inauguration had sought heavy military equipment for the January 20 inauguration parade.

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