The Pentagon is reportedly planning how to carry out his wishes and figuring out how to overcome the financial and logistical challenges a grand parade would pose. "This is being worked at the highest levels of the military", the official added. He was reportedly dazzled by such a parade commemorating Bastille Day during a trip to France a year ago.
The president's plan displays a chilling similarity to military parades by totalitarian nations and raises concerns that hostile foreign powers, like North Korea, could feel provoked by the imagery. "I mean, we have a Napoleon in the making here, and I believe that we have so many issues around the world in terms of preparing for wars that are ongoing".
The news comes just days after Trump accused Democrats who failed to applaud him during his State of the Union address as "treasonous" - remarks that the White House brushed off as "tongue-in-cheek" comments. It is believed Mr. Trump struck on the idea after attending the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris a year ago as the guest of the French president Emmanuel Macron.
According to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, at a recent meeting between Trump and top military brass, Trump's wishes were "suddenly heard as a presidential directive". "So we're actually thinking about 4th of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength".
"A military parade of this kind would also be a departure from the values of our constitutional democracy", ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington said in a statement.
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"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump had told the reporters.
Trump apparently wants to display his country's military capabilities to Americans and to other countries.
News of the president's parade request comes as Congress is trying to hammer out a budget agreement that includes more military funding.
We don't do military parades. "We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a lovely thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms". "The military is not President Trump's personal toy set".