The White House is attempting to downplay President Trump'sorder to the Pentagon to hold a military parade that would head straight down Pennsylvania Avenue. It saidTrump officials had discussed holding it on Memorial Day on May 28, and July 4, but said the Pentagon prefers Veterans Day on November 11 - in part because it would coincide with 100th anniversary of World War I's end, making it less associated with the president and politics.
"I think we're all aware in this country of the president's affection and respect for the military", Mattis said.
White House Press SecretarySarah Sanders said Wednesday that the administration hasn't made a final decision on whether to have a parade. When CNN's Pamela Brown asked why Trump doesn't just visit the troops in Iraq or Afghanistan instead of putting on a show, Sanders said "nothing has been decided or locked in stone".
At a recent meeting between the USA leader and top military officials, his wishes were "suddenly heard as a presidential directive".
Trump says it's "un-American" not to applaud him
Others have reminded us that in Stalin's Soviet Union, refraining from applauding was in fact treasonous . To do that, however, is to miss something very important - and concerning - at work here.
America is the greatest military power in the world and we don't need to stage elaborate military parades. Municipal officials in D.C. have not been informed about the parade plans. "We're going to have to try to top it".
Others who have criticize the plan include retired military personnel who said the money it would cost for such parade, could be used to improve the lives of veterans or raise military wages.
This is fascinating! The US generally doesn't do this, because it's the sort of thing a Cold War power like Russia, China, or NK does.
The United States also holds large military displays in the national capital to mark significant occasions, including victories in war, but rolling down tanks and armoured vehicles down the Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington is not their style. However, a White House official, informed on the planning, placed current discussions as only "brainstorming" while further details were being hashed out.
But the President found some support as well, mostly from his Republican corner.
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