First reported by the Washington Post and later confirmed by NBC and ABC, President Trump has tasked the Pentagon with planning a parade designed to show off the US armed forces. The cost of the would-be parade is estimated to be in the millions.
Apparently, Trump was inspired by France's Bastille Day celebrations.
A White House official confirms that President Trump does indeed want a military parade and points to public comments the president has made since returning from Bastille Day celebrations in France expressing his admiration for such parades.— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) February 6, 2018
The Guardian writes:
"The White House confirmed that an event is in the works, though it did not offer further details. '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 Sanders said. 'He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.'"
JUST IN: President Trump has expressed his desire for a military parade and the Pentagon is reviewing potential dates for the event, according to the Pentagon spokesman https://t.co/3XEdJKCyor pic.twitter.com/ONXHlD6kU1— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) February 6, 2018
How do you feel about this?
This makes me a little queasy. I've seen too many military parades like that in China and North Korea and Russia. I'm all for celebrating troops, but not with spending millions to celebrate tanks. https://t.co/FDc12JL0H5— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 6, 2018
Our military is invaluable and I respect the military tremendously, and this is dumb. https://t.co/K1BZRkGZZu— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) February 7, 2018
“With a few exceptions... presidents have avoided displays of military hardware that are more associated in the American mind with the Soviet Union’s Red Square celebrations or, more recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s efforts to show off his Taepodong missiles.” https://t.co/240YXPMaND— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) February 6, 2018
And who cares about the cost, like the wall? "American shows of military strength don’t come cheap. The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it." https://t.co/VvAgr27OKW— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) February 6, 2018
Reminder: there are ~40K homeless military veterans in this country.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 6, 2018
Yes, what's the cost of this "parade" that could be used for better purposes!— 𝙆𝙞𝙢𝘽𝙤 (@KimBo747) February 6, 2018
450,000 American citizens still don't have power in Puerto Rico.— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) February 7, 2018
Trump is demanding the military throw him a parade. https://t.co/jPtlolD4aG
It's totally normal to force the military to Parade for your amusement. This isn't a sign that we're slipping into a full dystopian nightmare. Not at all, this is normal! This is normal!— Ben Kissel (@BenKissel) February 6, 2018
*Realizes he's been saluting a picture of Trump for 20 minutes
A man who dodged the draft 5 times, from an entire family of people who never served, making the military give him a parade. And we're paying for it. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) February 6, 2018
WHYYYYYYYY— Trace (@tracedominguez) February 7, 2018
Reasons to do military parades:
1. we won a war
2. we’re celebrating an anniversary of something that includes winning a war
3. THERE IS NO THREE IT’S JUST THOSE TWO https://t.co/NWuBPqUcjw
I say we give Trump a military parade rather than having him start a war.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 7, 2018
Exclusive: At Trump’s direction, Pentagon is planning large-scale military parade inspired by France's Bastille Day celebration https://t.co/odLVTjNskj— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 6, 2018