Big Parade to Show Trump's 'Fondness for Military,' Mattis Says

Big Parade to Show Trump's 'Fondness for Military,' Mattis Says”

Reportedly, Trump was inspired to have this event after witnessing France's annual Bastille Day celebration. Sitting on the Champs- Elysees, he marvelled at the Republican Guard on horseback and jets flying overhead, and greeted President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump, known for his unpredictable nature and making "over-the-top" diplomatic and political decisions, surprised the world when a Washington Post report on Tuesday said that the US President gave "marching orders" as a grand gesture to the US military.

Despite the criticism, the White House has defended Mr Trump's desire for a military parade. The president was just joking about a military display more often seen in third-world countries by insecure autocrats trying to impress superpowers with a showing of their military hardware.

"I think we're all aware, in this country, of the President's affection and respect for the military".

If Trump is honestly interested in helping the armed forces, Fischer said, he should stop his "campaign to privatize the VA and gutting federal programs that serve veterans".

Pentagon officials confirmed this week that they are planning a military parade later this year at Trump's direction.

WELNA: The proposed parade was not as unexpected to military budget expert Todd Harrison as the Pentagon's apparent lack of pushback. "That's not who we are", said Sen. Possible dates for the parade include Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day.

JOE DAVIS: The war to end all wars, World War I, obviously did not end all wars.

"I believe that spending millions, maybe more, on the President's amusement is a colossal waste of funds that should be spent to make sure our troops are ready for battle and come home safely, their families receive all the support they deserve and that the waiting lines at VA facilities be reduced", Durbin told CNN.

More recently, the United States has grappled with whether to recognize veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with a national parade - and when.

Overt displays of military weaponry are seldom seen in the USA, unlike the Soviet Union's decades-old Red Square celebrations or those in Pyongyang staged in recent years by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

AARON O'CONNELL: It's hard to imagine what an end of that war would look like, and that's what parades are for.

It will be staged as a show of strength and intimidation against all real and potential enemies, both foreign and domestic, of this quasi-military regime.

"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", Mr Graham said on Twitter.

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