At Trump's Direction, The Pentagon Is Brainstorming A Military Parade

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

The US president is thought to have been inspired by the Bastille Day celebrations he attended in Paris a year ago, but is keen that his own display of military might will top his French inspiration.

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump gushed to reporters. Thousands of French military personnel and troops march together while rolling tanks, armoured vehicles to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I.

"The president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think, is reflected in him asking for these options", U.S. Defense Secretary James Matthis said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the request to the military.

Army Col. Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told USA TODAY: "We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details".

On Bastille Day, Trump said the parade was "really a lovely thing to see", adding that: "They had representatives from different wars, different uniforms".

The Washington Post first revealed the plan on Tuesday stating that Trump and during a recent meeting with top military officials in Pentagon expressed his wishes, which were taken as a "presidential directive".

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Reed argued Americans have "many opportunities to show support" for the armed forces already, including local parades or visits to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Arlington National Cemetery. However, the official also said that Mr. Trump is adamant about doing "something that highlights the service and sacrifice of the military" that would serve as "a unifying moment for the country".

"We're going to have to try and top it [Bastille Day], but we had a lot of planes going over and we had a lot of military might", he pointed out.

Right now, rumor has it that the Pentagon is looking to conduct the US military parade on Veterans Day.

"I would personally spend the money that would go to the military parade, were Trump to have his way, on providing food and housing for even a single homeless veteran", Liz Mair wrote.

The Democratic side of the aisle has been a touch more fiery in their rejections of Trump's plan.

Throughout history, military parades have been used by rules to intimidate their own citizens.

At the direction of the president, Pentagon generals have begun planning a grand parade on the streets of the USA capital to showcase American military might.

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