Lawmakers balk at potential cost of Trump's military parade

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Democrats, meanwhile, were sharply critical of the parade proposal, arguing it was a waste of money and a vanity exercise for Trump.

US President Donald Trump has told Pentagon officials to plan a large-scale military parade in the nation's capital this year.

US President Donald Trump has sent his officials scrambling after demanding a giant military parade. "But to have a parade where we can display our finest and we can all say thank you and honor them would be fine".

"President's Trump's desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base, rather than serve any legitimate goal or keep with any long-held American traditions", Del. "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation", Sanders said.

The president became captivated with the idea of a military parade after accepting French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to view the celebration previous year.

Trump's order to his generals to prepare a military extravaganza replete with tanks and marching soldiers was met with comparisons on Wednesday to autocratic displays that occur in nations such as China, North Korea, and previously the Soviet Union. Trump was awestruck by the spectacle, and aboard Air Force One en route home from Paris, aides said Trump told them he wanted one at home.

President George H.W. Bush held a military parade in Washington on June 8, 1991, to mark victory in the Persian Gulf War.

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Mr Trump has long floated the idea of holding a parade to show the US's military might, but he has apparently now issued a directive to make his dream a reality. "The President is exploring different ways that he could highlight and show the pride we have in the military, people that have served and sacrificed to allow us all the freedoms we have".

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.

Tillis said it should be done "in the most cost effective way", but argued the expense could also be justified because members of the military would be training as they march in the parade. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana.

A Senate-drafted bipartisan deal to provide two years of increased military spending - if approved today - would help Mattis solve those critical military needs.

WELNA: A parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, he adds, is always a good thing to have.

"As far as the parade goes again, the president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think is reflected in him asking for these options", Mattis said.