The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that Trump had told military officials to plan a large-scale military parade similar to the one he witnessed in France on Bastille Day. By David Valdez, 1949-, Photographer - U.S. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.
Trump has frequently touted his support for the United States military and placed high-ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts.
Trump wants an elaborate parade, with soldiers marching and tanks rolling, but no date has been selected. "America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don't need to show it off". "That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades".
On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before he was inaugurated, Trump told the Post in an interview, "We're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".
The Associated Press noted that such "showy displays of raw military power" typically don't occur in the US.
"We're going to have to try to top it", he told reporters afterwards.
While the US puts on various annual July 4 and Veterans Day parades, as The Associated Press notes, those typically do not include such "gaudy displays of military hardware".
The Post report said a January 18 meeting between Trump, Mattis and top generals at the Pentagon marked a tipping point in Trump's push for a parade. "This is being worked at the highest levels of the military".
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.
"I don't think it's a particularly good idea", he said of the parade.
The Pentagon and the White House are exploring various options. In 1991, a parade was held in Washington to celebrate victory in the Gulf War. Hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans lined the streets in the nation's capital to cheer on the veterans of Operation Desert Storm. "Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled".
When asked why he would divert time, energy, financial resources to the planning of a parade, Mr Mattis replied: "The President's respect, his fondness for the military, I think, is reflected in him asking for these options".
Others support Trump's request, saying that a military parade is a great way to honor service men and women.