Trump eyes military parade to showcase U.S. might


Trump eyes military parade to showcase U.S. might

On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a surprise visit to the White House press room to address military funding with the possibility of an upcoming government shutdown rapidly approaching.

Still, she conceded there was little chance of blocking a parade permit from being issued, given the First Amendment right to free assembly.

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

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"The president's respect, his fondness for the military is reflected in his asking for the options", Mattis said.

Opponents of US President Donald Trump belittled his order to put on a massive military parade in Washington DC to celebrate American power with one calling him "Napoleon in the making". "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it.

"Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said he was not sure that honouring our military is a waste of money".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there had been no final decision. According to The Post shipping tanks and military hardware into Washington could cost millions of dollars, and that military officials said they were unsure how the funds would come. "A military parade like this - one that is unduly focused on a single person - is what authoritarian regimes do, not democracies".

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sits on the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, said such a parade would send a "great statement" of thanks to the military and could inspire those who want to join.

The last time Washington saw anything similar to what Trump is considering was in June 1991, after the Gulf War, as Americans gave veterans of Operation Desert Storm a triumphant welcome home. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might. And I don't think that's been announced".

"We're going to have to try to top it", he told reporters afterwards. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia in Congress, said in an interview.

"President's Trump's desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base, rather than serve any legitimate objective or keep with any long-held American traditions", said DC's delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes-Norton.



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