Kennedy pans President's plan for military parade

Laura Christensen
February 9, 2018

The Washington Post first reported the plan, saying the potential event "would showcase the might of America's armed forces". He was impressed by a French military parade in Paris on Bastille Day a year ago, and spoke publicly about wanting a similar one in the U.S.

As the world's dominant military power, the USA traditionally avoids parading war weapons through the streets.

"The president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think, is reflected in him asking for these options", U.S. Defense Secretary James Matthis said.

Donald Trump wants a splendid display of American military might rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue in a patriotic parade - so naturally, his political enemies must find a way to get hysterical about it.

The Pentagon and the White House Press Secretary later confirmed the story to the Post. "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation", she said.

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.

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He wants USA troops marching down the streets in national capital, Washington with military weaponry and equipment rolled out to showcase the military prowess of the nation as an honourary to the countrymen who have served USA services and lost their lives fighting for the country. It could happen in early November and possibly coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before he was inaugurated, Trump told the Post in an interview, "We're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".

The parade would be modeled after the Bastille Day parade that Trump spectated previous year during a visit to France. "Trump acts more like dictator than president".

On "The Daily Briefing", Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin said the idea came to Trump after he visited France last summer for Bastille Day, witnessing a grand military parade down the Champs-Élysées.

The last major parade in Washington was in 1991 after the Gulf War, when missiles and tanks rolled through the streets of the capital. "We're going to have to try and top it". Some point out that it's a waste of taxpayers' money and that it's reminiscent of a dictatorship.

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