Trump Tells Pentagon He Wants a Military Parade

No date set for DC display of military might
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2018 3:44 AM CST
Updated Feb 7, 2018 6:37 AM CST
Trump Orders Pentagon to Prepare Military Parade
Tanks parade past President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during the Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Trump has literally given the Pentagon its marching orders: The president has told top generals that he wants a display of military might in Washington, DC, along the same lines as the extravagant Bastille Day parade he saw in Paris last year, the Washington Post reports. Trump has previously spoken of his desire for a "really great" parade, but insiders say that in recent weeks, the president has started telling commanders to make plans. "The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France," a military official tells the Post. "This is being worked at the highest levels of the military." Officials say the parade could cost millions and it's not clear where the funding will come from.

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No date has been set, and the Post's sources say there is little "meat on the bones" of the parade plan, though commanders are believed to prefer Veteran's Day, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday, confirming the event without giving details. "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation." Not everyone is a fan of the idea. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, who led anti-ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, tells Politico, "We have more important things to do than to focus on a damn parade. It detracts from all we are doing." (Read more parade stories.)

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