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Trump Wants a Military Parade, Former Obama Staffers Call it 'Pointless'

Trump Wants a Military Parade, Former Obama Staffers Call it 'Pointless'

Mattis' timid response stands in contrast to a Tuesday report from The Washington Post that the Pentagon is actively planning for a military parade after Trump said "I want a parade like the one in France" during a meeting with top Pentagon generals last month.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared to confirm the plan. 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.

It's safe to say Trump and Kim Jong-un aren't the best of friends - but they're more similar than we think. From all accounts, we're doing this because France has an annual Bastille Day Parade and when Trump visited France recently, he was invited to be in the reviewing stand alongside President Macron.

Surrounded by the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump's seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said. The president is "exploring options" for different ways to "highlight and show pride in the military", she said.

Massive military parades of the kind that are common in authoritarian countries such as China and North Korea are not quintessentially American. He also seems unconcerned of the sort of message a parade of tanks, guns and other military paraphernalia through the Washington streets sends to the rest of the world that will, most definitely, be watching.

USA jets bomb 'pro-regime' forces in Syria
Russian Federation and Iran back Assad, while the United States and Turkey support differing rebel groups fighting the government. Any of the attacking vehicles and personnel who turned around and headed back west were not targeted, the military official said.

After the Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. put on a victory celebration replete with service members and military gear. "The military is not President Trump's personal toy set".

Trump told Macron, who was seated next to him, "We're going to have to try to top it".

The occasion, marking 100 years since America entered World War One, saw troops march down the Champs-Élysées, accompanied by dozens of military vehicles, flyovers of military aircraft, and traditional mounted cavalry.

Donald Trump wants a splendid display of American military might rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue in a patriotic parade - so naturally, his political enemies must find a way to get hysterical about it.


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