According to officials, the Pentagon has started planning a grand military parade.
After Trump witnessed the Bastille Day celebrations in France, he has been interested in displaying America’s military strength.
The tipping point for such a parade happened after a January 18th meeting with Trump and the top generals, where they heard Trump’s wishes as “presidential directive.”
The military official who asked to remain anonymous stated, “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France. This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
However, this parade that would showcase the military’s strength would come with a hefty price. The cost of shipping tanks and high-tech equipment to Washington cost could millions. Military officials are unsure how it would be paid.
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Currently, there is no date set for the parade. However, officials have noted that Trump wants the parade to be tied to a patriotic holiday. Trump’s officials have considered having the parade on May 28th and July 4th but the Pentagon wants it on Veterans Day.
The location for the parade is also up in the air. Trump has stated he would like the parade to take place on Pennsylvania Avenue.
This is a developing story.
Below are some reactions:
This is fantastically dumb. With everything on our military right now, more than 15 yrs of war, we are doing this to feed Trump’s ego. https://t.co/nbdCs52drx
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) February 6, 2018
Trump wants a Soviet-style military parade, something weak leaders do to try to look strong. https://t.co/HmL7TVGDnV
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) February 6, 2018
America doesnt do this because the world knows we have the most powerful military in the world 20x over
This is just a spoiled little boy spending millions of tax dollars to play w/ his toys
Nuclear missiles rolling down the streets of DC… disgraceful https://t.co/pFGTv2oCRc
— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) February 6, 2018
Impossible to overstate the extent of Trump’s inferiority complex stemming from the size of his — “hands.” https://t.co/H2YmtUazJa
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 6, 2018
This is juvenile and sickening and worthy of a tin-pot dictator. https://t.co/NXB2DVD0j6
— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) February 6, 2018
There are ~40K homeless veterans in this country and Trump… well, he wants to have a “grand” military parade in Washington, DC, because he’s a fucking wannabe autocrat. https://t.co/lq8NwrfoSv
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 6, 2018
Since people didn’t show up for his inauguration, Trump wants to re-stage it with people who he can order to show up. https://t.co/rPTDEDRuqU
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) February 6, 2018
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