"We're all aware in this country of the President's affection and respect for the military", Mattis said. But White House legislative director Marc Short shot back on MSNBC: "I'm not sure honoring the military is a waste of money".
"Mattis says the Pentagon has been putting together options for a parade".
The White House pushed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade through the streets of Washington, brushing aside criticism that such a display could be an unnecessary show of raw military power. The news received such negative attention that even some on the president's favorite cable news station think it's a bad idea. "For us to try to imitate what the Soviets are doing in Red Square would make us look weak". That's not who we are. "That's not who we are".
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said the "idea of having a thank you parade" for the armed forces "makes sense", but "the idea of showing muscle through a parade.is counter to what we're about and would actually be a sign of weakness, not strength".
Last time, the U.S. has witnessed a grandiose military parade of this kind was in 1991 to mark the end of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq during the first Gulf War as missiles, stealth bombers, tanks and other military hardware were featured as hundreds of troops march down on Constitution Avenue.
Beyer is particularly concerned that if the parade follows the same route as Trump's inaugural parade, as suggested, it could take heavy equipment over the deteriorating Memorial Bridge, which is now undergoing major repairs.
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As for when the parade would occur, the Post reported the president would like to tie it to a patriotic holiday. Sitting on the Champs- Elysees, he marvelled at the Republican Guard on horseback and jets flying overhead, and greeted President Emmanuel Macron. "To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue".
"It was two hours on the button and it was military might", he said.
California congresswoman Jackie Speier told CNN she was stunned by the parade announcement. It's a time to show the gringos to the north the troops that would defend the homeland if they dared attack and to remind those within the country who oppose the regime that there is little they can do against such a military machine. "Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud". Remember, Trump has spent months railing against NFL players for expressing their right to protest by kneeling during the national anthem, and this week he called Democrats treasonous for failing to clap for his speech during the State of the Union.
"But what isn't a joke is that Democrats refuse to celebrate the accomplishments of past year that have helped all Americans", added Sanders. I just don't want it to become a want hardware.
"But treason is not a punchline, Mr President". Trump has widely been criticized for obtaining five deferments to avoid serving in the Vietnam War, with one being a controversial medical exemption for alleged bone spurs.
"We don't live in a dictatorship or a monarchy", she said.