Trump Wants to Display Military's Might With Grand Parade

08 February, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Bastille Day

The parade in France Trump was reportedly referring to was a Bastille Day parade he attended with French President Emmanuel Macron on July 14, 2017, in Paris.

President Donald Trump wants a big military parade, and the Pentagon may be delivering one, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron stand in front of the US national flag held by soldiers, at the end of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 14, 2017. And therein lies an inevitable conflict with the District.

First, as we alluded, many on the Left will reflexively oppose this because it's Trump's idea. And they have reasons to be hesitant.

Lawmakers have also criticized the parade for its cost.

Following the incredible spectacle that saw tanks, gun trucks and a slew of military men waltz down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the Republican firebrand was full of praise. But inaugural expenses are associated with an event that happens on a regular schedule. The Post notes that it is not yet clear how the government would pay for it.

And if history is any guide, the costs could quickly pile up. The parade included tanks, soldiers in gleaming helmets astride horses and jets flying overhead.

President George H.W. Bush revived the tradition after a US -led coalition evicted the Iraqi army from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.




While nearly all countries host military parades involving troops and veterans, those on the scale of France or China are rare.

The US capital has previously only held large military displays to mark significant occasions such as victories in war.

After Trump emphasized the size of his "nuclear button", in January, observers from the United States and elsewhere criticized the remarks as "infantile" and ill-advised.

US President Donald Trump has expressed his admiration for military parades, after reportedly being impressed by the French Bastille Day parade he witnessed past year July and has asked the Pentagon and white house officials to organise one in the nation's capital. That date is being considered, along with Memorial Day and Veterans Day (reportedly the Pentagon's preference). Even President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" stunt was crafted to celebrate, quite inaccurately, the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq. His ego won't allow him to not put on a pretense of military service and the only real option he has is the Kim Jong-Un route - hold a military parade.

Which makes DC officials' immediate pushback on the notion understandable. "Ridiculous! And frightening", another Twitter user wrote.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC told CNN on Wednesday that there is nothing wrong with having a parade to celebrate the military but said to have a parade to show military might is "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness".

Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media.

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