In a September news conference with the French president, Trump said he hoped to perhaps stage an even larger parade on the Fourth of July.
There may be a number of problems with a modern military parade, with the cost being potentially the biggest holdup. He also suggested the president could visit Fort Bragg, where Reed served when he was in the Army.
“We’ve got a tax cut costing the U.S. $1.5 trillion, a border wall that’s going to be $25 billion, and the government on the verge of another shutdown”, co-host Whoopi Goldberg said.
When asked whether he would appropriate the money, Jordan said “we’ll have that debate” and “whether we need a parade or not, I’ll leave that up to the commander-in-chief”.
Despite these critiques, the White House is shrugging off concerns, noting that the affair is a celebration of our military and Trump’s support of them and an opportunity for Americans to “show their appreciation”, in the words of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“The marching orders were: ‘I want a parade like the one in France, ‘” a military official told The Washington Postunder the condition of anonymity.
“We’re too great a nation to be participating in these types of things”, Duckworth said when asked about Trump’s parade.
Other former military officials were concerned that the parade would be antithetical to the military’s principles.
“Trump is going to have a really easy time convincing the public that they should embrace patriotism and embrace the military”.
Mattis received questions about Trump’s proposed parade, as first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday night.
The occasion, marking 100 years since America entered World War One, saw troops march down the Champs-Élysées, accompanied by dozens of military vehicles, flyovers of military aircraft, and traditional mounted cavalry.
Apparently, the president has visions of hosting a grand military parade to tout the United States’ military strength. “But we had a lot of planes going over it, we had a lot of military might and it was really a lovely thing to see”. “That’s not who we are, it’s kind of cheesy, and I think shows weakness quite frankly”.
The White House is pushing ahead with the idea of throwing a grand parade to honor USA armed forces, brushing aside Democratic criticism.
The parade in the nation’s capital cost $8 million, according to CNBC, which adjusted in today’s dollars would be around $13.8 million.
Military veteran and Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth – who lost both legs fighting in Iraq – denounced Trump’s comments.
“That’s not who we are”, said Sen.