Sen. John Kennedy was asked on Capitol Hill about President Donald Trump’s desire to throw a big military parade – and pithily advised against it. “DC Public Schools will open on time today”, the council tweeted. He didn’t note that American troops remain in Afghanistan more than 16 years after toppling the Taliban, and that they’re also present in Hussein’s old Iraqi stomping grounds and in Syria.
And what best way to honour the USA service members on America’s biggest day on July 4. She acknowledged it’s “not typical of our tradition” but said she could “see some justification” if “it’s to celebrate what’s supposed to be the war to end all wars”.
Trump was French President Emmanuel Macron’s guest on Bastille Day past year, and later called the French military parade he witnessed “one of the greatest parades” he had ever seen.
“We’re going to have to top it. Planes going over. This is about the president wanting to honor the military”.
Besides, who does military parades? “.the President has great affection and respect for the military.
We’ve been putting together some options”, Defence Secretary James Mattis told reporters during a White House press briefing. “Don’t do it”, responded DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Critics argued a parade could cost millions of dollars, at a time the Pentagon wants more stable funding for an overstretched military. The National Victory Celebration Parade, which went along Constitution Avenue, included tanks and Patriot missiles, C-SPAN reported. Would the parade attract protesters?
When asked whether it was true that Trump’s request was more of a directive than a question, Sanders said “no”. Footage of the second parade, which was held in D.C. on Sep.
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser raised concerns about both the physical obstacle it’d impose on District of Columbia residents and “what it would suggest about our country and the direction our country is moving in”.
Even some Republicans are skeptical. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and retired from the Air Force in 2015.
US military members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of military veterans, but these typically do not include gaudy displays of military hardware.