Trump's idea for a military parade draws support, questions

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The Washington Post first reported that Trump was inspired by France's Bastille Day celebration when he was a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron past year to watch their military parade.

Inspired by a Summer 2017 visit to France, where President Emmanuel Macron hosted a military parade for Bastille Day and to represent US-France relations, The Washington Post reports that Trump provided literal marching orders to the Pentagon in mid-January, saying "I want a parade like the one in France".

Trump was the guest of honour at last year's Bastille Day parade, an event where French and global forces march to show their strength.

The U.S. traditionally has not embraced showy displays of raw military power, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of global prestige and influence. The parade featured tanks and other armored military vehicles and a flyover by jets that streaked the sky with red, white, and blue smoke.

One option under consideration is for a parade on Nov 11 - which would be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

The Washington Post reported that military officials were "unclear" as to where the funding for the parade would come from.

Just a few minutes later, however, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood at the very same podium and downplayed Trump's military parade.

Peters added that, in addition to the massive logistical task, holding a military parade takes troops away from their training, costing the Pentagon a sizable sum.

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"We have a Napoleon in the making here", said Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

President George H.W. Bush held one of few American military parades in 1991 celebrating victory in the Persian Gulf War.

"We're going to have to top it. Planes going over". Would Mr. Trump insist his parade be bigger?

The US Defence Department has said it is exploring potential options for Donald Trump's proposed military parade, which a top Democrat called a "fantastic waste of money to amuse the President". While the Pentagon does not yet have a cost estimate for how much another parade may cost, it is likely to be in the millions of dollars.

"We're too great a nation to be participating in these types of things", Duckworth said when asked about Trump's parade.

"We're all aware in this country of the President's affection and respect for the military", Mattis said. "And I don't think that's been announced".

Given the rate at which the United States interjects itself into global military conflicts, it's safe to say that the rest of the world is already familiar with what our tanks and weaponry look like. There have been debates since then about staging a parade to honor Iraq War veterans, but it remains controversial whether to or not to hold such a celebratory event while operations still continue in the region.

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