White House marching forward with military parade idea

President Donald Trump salutes as French President Emmanuel Macron his wife Brigitte Macron and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump watch the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon is putting together options for a military parade President Donald Trump has requested after attending a similar display in France.

Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, highlighted the words of George Orwell in response: "Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army". He subsequently complimented French President Emmanuel Macron when he met him in NY in September, calling it "one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", and saying, "Because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue..."

"We can play strategy and Risk", she said.

President Donald Trump appears to have united Republicans and Democrats in Congress in derision over his proposed military parade in Washington D.C., including one major GOP voice.

"I think we're all aware in this country of the president's affection and respect for the military".

O'Malley, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for president, stepping down after a poor showing in Iowa early in 2016, isn't a fan.

It is a traditional event in France, but one without equivalent in the United States. It cost more than $8m, which would be significantly more in today's dollars.

Sen. Dick Durbin called the idea "a fantastic waste of money to amuse the president", and Sen.




Trump has frequently spoken of his longtime support for veterans - he praised them twice in the past week in his Black History Month proclamation and in his Super Bowl statement. "We're going to have to try and top it".

"It's really a waste of money, and I think everyone should be offended by his need to always be showy.it's not our style, it's not the way we do business".

The Louisiana Republican joins a growing number of lawmakers who have scoffed at Trump's plan to throw a parade honoring the USA military, which he has instructed the Pentagon to begin planning.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there had been no final decision.

Trump has already prompted fears about his respect for democratic freedoms once this week by suggesting Democrats were "un-American" and "treasonous" for not applauding his State of the Union address.

Asked about the status of planning of a parade and cost estimates, Mattis told reporters the Pentagon is working on options to present Trump.

Trump, however, dismissed that concern, according to one person familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's thinking. She noted medical deferments for a foot ailment meant he didn't have to serve in the Vietnam War.

"We had bombings in Kabul just last week", Theriot-Smith said.

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