Like Every Other Dictator Donald Trump Wants a Military Parade

President Trump's Military Parade Is Likely to be a Logistical Nightmare for Planners

Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, D-D.C., who can not vote in the House of Representatives, said the parade would "waste of taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump's ego".

President Trump, apparently inspired by the Bastille Day parade he witnessed last summer during a trip to Paris, has asked the Pentagon to look into staging something similar - but naturally bigger and better - for Washington, D.C., the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Pentagon officials tell CBN News the US Army has been tapped to lead the planning, adding that the goal is to tie the parade to a significant, historical event.

There are many people who see the parade idea otherwise, saying it's a show of force out of line with American tradition.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump's intention was to have "a celebration" of the military.

"President's Trump's desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base, rather than serve any legitimate objective or keep with any long-held American traditions", Del.

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.

Trump's interest in a military parade was ridiculed by his political opponents.

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Tanks roll down the street in central Pyongyang, North Korea, in a parade of troops and military hardware marking the 105th birthday of the totalitarian state's late founder, Kim Il Sung, April 20, 2017.

Though the USA has held a few military parades throughout its history, Slate points out that the distinction is that these events were held in celebration after successfully winning a war, such as World War I, World War II and the Spanish-American War.

At a September 18, 2017, NY meeting with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Trump showed his hand.

Mayor Muriel Bowser's communications director, Anu Rangappa, told Washingtonian that the mayor's office will have "more to say when formal outreach begins", but until then, "we do know that just like the wall, he will have to pay for it".

"But I came back, and one of my early calls were, I think we're going to have to start looking at that ourselves". The parades were in celebration of the ending of the first Persian Gulf War. And Presidents Kennedy and Truman had military equipment at their respective inaugurations during the Cold War.

Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat and the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that nations with smaller militaries feel the need to show off what they do have.

Not to mention the damage a tank would do to the asphalt of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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