'Totalitarian' Trump orders huge military parade

President Donald Trump has asked for a military parade and the Pentagon is reviewing potential dates Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said

Trump reportedly got the idea for a military parade when he visited France for Bastille Day previous year. "So why divert time, energy, financial resources to the planning of a parade, as the President has asked?"

US President Donald Trump has told Pentagon officials to plan a large-scale military parade in the nation's capital this year.

Citing North Korea as a threat, with the additional spending, the military will add more ships, aircraft, and troops.

USA military members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of military veterans, but these typically do not include gaudy displays of military hardware.

USA media report that Veterans Day on November 11th or Independence Day on July 4th are possible dates for the parade.

Trump was inspired after witnessing France's National Day celebrations a year ago.

"So we're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength", Trump said months after his Paris experience.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump's intention was to have "a celebration" of the military. Since the day he kicked off his campaign for president, the former host of "The Apprentice" has used the military as a talking point to help cater to conservative voters.

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




"In the meantime, we do know that, just like the wall, he will have to pay for it", she said, referring to Mr Trump's proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The last military parade was in 1991 under Pres. George H.W. Bush, to celebrate victory in the Gulf War.

"We're going to have to try and top it!" the president said.

After Trump called Democrats "treasonous" for not applauding him at the State of the Union, Duckworth said in a Tweet she will not "mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap".

Surrounded by the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, Trump's desire for a parade became a presidential directive, the officials said.

But the more I think about it, the more I think that it's maybe not such a bad idea.

Military parades are unusual but not unprecedented in American history. It would be the same route as Trump's inaugural parade and pass by his family's showpiece: the Trump International Hotel. But White House legislative director Marc Short shot back on MSNBC: "I'm not sure honouring the military is a waste of money". While the Pentagon does not yet have a cost estimate for how much another parade may cost, it is likely to be in the millions of dollars.

Yes, it would cost money to move the equipment to Washington for the parade, but the military moves equipment every day, and Pennsylvania Avenue is in need of repaving regardless of whether the parade takes place.

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