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Dis the Trump parade idea, but don't forget U.S. veterans

Dis the Trump parade idea, but don't forget U.S. veterans

A military official told the Washington Post he requested a display "like the one in France", after he was French President Emmanuel Macron's guest on Bastille Day past year, and much impressed by the annual show of military might. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.

He raised the idea at the start of a meeting in NY with French President Emmanuel Macron, as he gushed about the Bastille Day military parade in Paris that Trump attended in July as Macron's guest.

The White House pushed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade through the streets of Washington, brushing aside criticism that such a display could be an unnecessary show of raw military power.

"We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details", said a Pentagon spokesperson in a statement.

Le Drian called it an "official visit", short of the state visit that the White House had earlier promised. It said Trump 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.

Appearing on CNN, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gravely informed the country that a military parade is a bad idea because it would remind people of North Korea. "We're going to have to try to top it".

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

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Trump Is Reportedly Telling the Pentagon to Set Up a Big Military Parade

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that such planning was underway.

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

"Given budget realities, the opportunity cost of a parade is too high to justify", said Edward King, president and founder of Defense Priorities, a conservative think tank.

While not as frequent as its neighbor, South Korea also conducts large military parades, with a 2013 display involving around 11,000 troops, dozens of aircraft, and 190 weapons systems, according to the Associated Press.

Vote Vets, a left-leaning veterans group, rebuked the idea with retired Major Gen. Paul Eaton, a senior adviser to the group, saying: "The military is not Donald Trump's to use and abuse in this way".

"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said in the interview. It included tanks, armoured vehicles and a flyover of USA and French military jets.

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