Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump asks Pentagon to hold a military parade in DC

Trump asks Pentagon to hold a military parade in DC

In response to the news, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a release that Trump had asked the Defense Department to "explore" the idea of such a parade.

He added that his team has been "putting together some options" for the parade.

The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan Tuesday, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this year with soldiers marching and tanks rolling, but no date has been selected.

Trump's military parade could also come as an answer to North Korea's own military parade, which the authoritarian nation conducted as a display of force on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The U.S. traditionally has not embraced such showy displays of military might, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of global prestige and influence.

President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to hold a military parade through the streets of the United States capital as a celebration for the country's military servicemen. But White House legislative director Marc Short shot back on MSNBC: "I'm not sure honoring the military is a waste of money".

But there has been little enthusiam from either Republicans or Democrats for what would be a costly parade.

It has always been conventional wisdom that the US does not need to boast of its military strength because it already is recognized as the leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and a model of military professionalism that countries across the globe seek to emulate. I think, you know, when John Winthrop, what now, four centuries ago almost, said that America should be as a city on a hill and with all the world's eyes upon it, I think when the world's eyes look at our city on the hill and they see an echo of Soviet May Day parades and North Korean military parades that's not the best image for us.

Newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump (in red tie), first lady Melania (L), Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen (R) preside over a military parade during Trump's swearing ceremony in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

According to the Post, Trump was inspired by a Bastille Day parade he saw in France and has requested one just like it.

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