Mattis says Trump's parade request reflects 'affection' for troops

Mattis says Trump's parade request reflects 'affection' for troops

Mattis says Trump's parade request reflects 'affection' for troops

The Louisiana Republican joins a growing number of lawmakers who have scoffed at Trump's plan to throw a parade honoring the US military, which he has instructed the Pentagon to begin planning. In fact, the writer Erma Bombeck once mused about the beauty of a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, "not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness".

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, said that "what (Trump) should have learned from France is about their health care system, not about their military parades".

North Korea and the former Soviet Union typically have been referenced when discussing the idea of a military parade in America, but Trump reportedly was inspired when by Bastille Day celebrations in France.

"Today's congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life, preserve the promise of prosperity and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation", he said.

The cost of the march has yet to be calculated, but would likely run into the tens of millions.

Earlier, Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) pushed back on the idea, arguing it's just not part of the American military tradition.

"We don't need a puffy parade to show the world we can fight".

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Trump apparently wants to display his country's military capabilities to Americans and to other countries.

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The notion that the Pentagon should spend a moment or a penny on an exercise more befitting a Gilbert and Sullivan production rather than attending to the multiple battles it is fighting, or to suicide prevention among vets, or simply to the daily challenges of managing the military reveals how clueless and self-reverential the president is.

WHITEHOUSE: "Like I said, I don't think it's a good look for our country".

"We have a Napoleon in the making here", said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. He said last September in a conversation with Macron that he would like such a parade in Washington.

"I trust President Trump, Defense Department, Secretary Mattis to do it in the right way, and do it in a way that makes sense and is cost effective", Havens said.

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen. The marching orders went as follows: I want a parade like the one in France", a military official told the paper.

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