Trump military parade?

The President wants the military to put on a show

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Democratic lawmakers scoff at Trump's military parade idea

  • Democratic lawmakers scoffed at reports of President Donald Trump's proposal to stage a military parade.

  • Trump reportedly floated the idea to officials after witnessing France's military parade in July during that country's Bastille Day celebration.

Some lawmakers are shooting down the idea of a grand military parade that President Donald Trump reportedly proposed to US military officials last month.

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Is it ok for Trump to have a military parade?

By Joe Harker

Donald Trump wants a big parade, a huge military procession designed to show off the might of the United States, whilst providing an ego boost to the Commander in Chief.

He was reportedly so impressed by a French military parade on Bastille Day that he now wants one for himself, but in true Trump form it will have to be bigger and better than anyone else's.

The President would like the parade to head down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC and will include state of the art vehicles as well as soldiers.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, confirmed that they are looking into putting on such a parade. She said: "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe.

"He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation."

However, the cost of putting on such a display could be huge. It would be a big logistical problem too, as vehicles and equipment from all over the world would have to be transported to Washington DC.

The last large military parade in the US was in 1991 and cost $12 million, which adjusted for inflation would cost around $22 million in today's money. Is such hassle and expense worth a temporary soothing of the President's ego?

Others oppose the idea of a parade on grounds other than cost and logistics, as Lt General Mark Hertling believes such an event is not in the DNA of the US military. Such parades are more often associated with nations the US has opposed in the last few decades such as Soviet Russia, China and North Korea. Hertling does not think it is the sort of thing the US should be doing, particularly as there is no specific victory to celebrate. He said: "It is not in the culture of the United States military.

"There shouldn't be in my view a whole lot of chest-thumping and these overt means of showing how tough you are."

Trump's political opponents have also criticised the idea, with Democrat Jackie Speier comparing him to French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. She also said that such parades were most often seen in authoritarian regimes, with the exception of France who were celebrating an important moment in the French Revolution.

Speier's criticism is echoed by Johnathan Freedland, who wrote in The Guardian that Trump would look like a "military despot" if he went ahead with the parade. If it is done to demonstrate the military might of the US or because the President's ego demands it then something is not right.

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