Trump asks Pentagon for military parade

Forget the SOTU Address: Trump Wants a Military Parade

Trump had previously considered the idea of a military parade through the streets of the nation's capital after attending France's Bastille Day at the guest of honor in July.

"This is being worked at the highest levels of the military", an anonymous defense official briefed on the plans told WaPo, adding that the big event could be held later this year.

Critics blasted the move, which would be the first major military parade since after the Gulf War, as means to satisfying the President's ego.

After seeing a military parade in France to celebrate Bastille Day last summer, President Trump asked the Pentagon to look into doing something similar here in America.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Donald Trump's request for a parade on Tuesday. "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation".

The spokesman on Tuesday described the planning process as being in its "infancy", reports CNN. In fact, this might be the most thoroughly Trump idea of his presidency.

That stance is a purposeful one created to cast anyone who objects to a military parade through the streets of Washington as unpatriotic, cynical or both.

In September, Trump marveled at what "a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France" the military parade was. "I don't think a separate military parade is needed".

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November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, but is also celebrated as Armistice Day in other countries to remember the day fighting ended in World War I. The armistice was signed and fighting ceased at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, and the date this year marks the 100th anniversary.

Since taking office, Trump has frequently touted his support for the United States military and placed high ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts.

"I'll let military friends speak for themselves, hoping they don't just salute Trump, but when I served in the U.S. Army, the LAST thing we wanted to do was parade", tweeted John McLaughlin, who served in the Central Intelligence Agency under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

In the past, the U.S. military has only put on large-scale parades to celebrate a victory.

Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, parades have become more common, as he seeks to "cement control over and reform the colossal People's Liberation Army", says CNN.

Led by French President Emmanuel Macron, the 2017 parade that inspired Trump's decision involved 3,720 soldiers, 211 vehicles, and 241 horses, as well as fly-bys of dozens of planes and helicopters.

Meanwhile, the unusual plan for a military parade has already drawn criticism and comparisons with authoritarian regimes and dictators like North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

The hermit kingdom recently labelled the Republican firebrand a "harasser of the peace" following reports that Donald Trump will continue military drills around the peninsula after the upcoming Olympic Games end.

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