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Military Parade? Your Authoritarianism Is Showing, Trump

Military Parade? Your Authoritarianism Is Showing, Trump

The US Defence Department has said it is exploring potential options for Donald Trump's proposed military parade, which a top Democrat called a "fantastic waste of money to amuse the President".

The president was reportedly so impressed by the military displays during a Bastille Day parade he observed in France past year that he's directed the Pentagon officials to put on something similar here in the U.S. Another White House official asserted that this would be a "celebration of the men and women who give us freedom", a move that is "the opposite of a totalitarian government".

As for the parade, Duckworth told me, "Why would we do this when we're still at war?" He also suggested the president could visit Fort Bragg, where Reed served when he was in the Army.

Mattis addressed the White House press corps on Wednesday about the importance of fully funding the military in the congressional budget, and was asked about the parade and whether he yet had a cost estimate.

"Let's have a good Veterans Day parade, I'm all for Veterans Day", Sen.

The president was inspired by the Bastille Day parade in Paris, which he witnessed as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron in July.

According to The Washington Post, Trump's interest in having a large-scale military parade now is likely to receive a mixed reception, especially among those who are concerned about nationalism, militarism or the president's past praise for authoritarian leaders.

"To have a military parade without the end of a war or an inaugural or some big reason in Washington, D.C., that is out of our tradition", presidential historian Michael Beschloss told NPR.

"As a key campaign backer, Putin should be invited to send a platoon of soldiers to march in the parade", Painter tweeted. "That's not who we are, it's kind of cheesy, and I think shows weakness quite frankly".

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump said during bilateral remarks at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said that part of his "Make America Great Again" agenda included showing off the USA military's might.

Both of Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural parades and the parade for John F. Kennedy included missiles and other military hardware, a practice which has fallen out of fashion.

President Donald Trump is pushing for a grand military parade, which is confirmed to be in the early stages of planning.

"'That's what everyone is hoping, '" the military official said. "That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he told the Post prior to his inauguration.


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