White House marching forward with military parade idea


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"It would be a sign of respect and another way to show appreciation for our vets", said John A. MacDonald, spokesman and board member of Vets Assisting Vets.

The allegations came via on-the-record interviews the women gave to The Daily Mail and to The Intercept, which published photographs of Colbie Holderness, now 37, with a black eye she said Porter gave her during a vacation in the mid-2000s. "It shows taxpayers where our money is being spent". But most Americans will eat it up.

"'The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France, ' said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential". When Trump visited Paris last July for Bastille Day, he made no secret of his awe for the pomp and ceremony of the occasion.

"The military is not President Trump's personal toy set", the Washington Democrat said.

Social media also lit up well into the night with comments on both sides. "Not with a parade for the President".

He added that his team has been "putting together some options" for the parade.

In a briefing to reporters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the parade plan reflects Trump's respect for the armed forces.

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". "If you remove the politics, what's the harm?"

The Post said shipping tanks and military hardware into Washington could cost millions of dollars, and that military officials said they were unsure how to pay for it.

Gold Star father Steven Sammis of Rehoboth, whose son Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis was killed in Iraq in 2003, said, "I will support anything that honors the sacrifices of our armed forces". 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". They are extremely intelligent.

Donald Trump and French President Emanuel Macron at the Bastille Day parade.

The plan was first revealed by the Washington Post, before being confirmed by the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders.

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

It has always been conventional wisdom that the US does not need to boast of its military strength because it already is recognized as the leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and a model of military professionalism that countries across the globe seek to emulate.

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