Are you in favor of a U.S. military parade?
- Author: Joey Payne Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 2:08
David Eastburn said the White House would make the final decision on a "new policy".
It's tough to rank all of Trump's weird initiatives, but a muscle-flexing military parade is close to the top.
National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said: "Transgender people have been serving openly for the last 19 months, and the only disruption has come from President Trump and others who are determined to jeopardize military readiness to advance their extremist political agenda". He's not giving details about those options.
Although Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not commented publicly on the idea of a Washington military parade, the idea is not an obvious fit with his emphasis on focusing strictly, if not exclusively, on military activities that either improve the lethality of the armed forces or enhance their preparation for combat, or both.
At first, President Trump's desire to parade the military through Washington did not strike former Marine Sergeant and Iraq veteran John Hoellwarth as the best use of the Pentagon's resources. Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled.
Military parades in the United States are generally rare. "That'd be a big no".
Most everyone has an opinion on whether such a parade should roll through the streets of the nation's capital. "That would be cheesy and project weakness", Graham told reporters on Wednesday. It, like the handful of other military parades in American history, commemorated the ending of a war. It quoted an unidentified military official as saying, "The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France".
The White House has asked the Pentagon to explore a celebration of "America's great service members", after the Republican president marveled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris previous year. Trump has reportedly proposed the idea multiple times following his visit to France during Bastille Day, where a military parade was held as he met with French President Emmanuel Macron.
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"It is impossible for me to understand how, knowing he (Trump) is a five-time draft dodger, he could still convince so many that HE is America's patriot", IL resident Gary Pierce responded to an anti-parade tweet from Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump's request for a parade on Tuesday.
The White House says it would be done so "all Americans can show their appreciation". His request was heard by top generals as a presidential directive, so the Pentagon has started exploring possible dates for the event, according to NBC News.