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Trump Saw A Military Parade In France And Now He Wants One Of His Very Own

Democrats compared the plan to displays of military might organised by autocratic nations.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump's desire to have a military parade when she was pressed by a reporter on whether that was the best way to show appreciation for the troops. He wants U.S. troops marching down the streets in national capital, Washington with military weaponry and equipment rolled out to showcase the military prowess of the nation as an honourary to the countrymen who have served United States services and lost their lives fighting for the country. Military officials reportedly rolled their eyes at the idea, and the internet at large has mocked the president's vision, comparing it to the military posturing parades held in Nazi Germany and North Korea.

When the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that President Trump had ordered plans for a big military parade, the inspiration cited was the Bastille Day spectacle he had witnessed in France previous year.

In a string of tweets Wednesday evening, O'Malley - the former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor - expressed disdain for the planned "large-scale military parade" by retweeting a Washington Post tweet with an added expletive to punctuate his feelings. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France". "We're going to have to try and top it".

Democratic politicians have criticised the plan as expensive and said such ideas carry worrying symbolism.

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Representative Jackie Speier, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN: "I was stunned by it, to be quite honest. we have a Napoleon in the making here".

Senator John Kennedy, R-La., said the USA doesn't need to "show off" its military power. It is the day where millions of Americans gather together to celebrate the birth anniversary of one of the most powerful country in the world. Any commander in chief who respects the traditions of the military would understand that.

While representatives of the Trump administration hid behind the excuse of wanting to spend money on honoring the troops, it's unclear why we should honor them in this specific way or how soldiers would benefit from a parade.

The US has largely reserved such ceremonies for the end of major conflicts.

The last time Washington saw anything similar to what Trump is considering was in June 1991, after the Gulf War, as Americans gave veterans of Operation Desert Storm a triumphant welcome home.

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