"Instead of wasting precious taxpayer resources, the way to show our service members and veterans that we appreciate their service is to use the military parade money to fund their health care and other services they need now".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly confirmed the request Tuesday, saying Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.
"I'll let military friends speak for themselves, hoping they don't just salute Trump, but when I served in the U.S. Army, the LAST thing we wanted to do was parade", tweeted John McLaughlin, who served in the Central Intelligence Agency under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. "We're the only nation in the world that defends a piece of paper". The parade also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I in 1917.
Trump has brought up the prospect of a military parade several times during his presidency, and reportedly told officials he wants a celebration "like the one in France", referring to the Bastille Day parade in Paris he witnessed a year ago.
President Donald Trump told Pentagon brass he wanted a military parade in Washington to showcase the nation's fighting forces, and the mainstream media already has begun to formulate its attack lines.
Some lawmakers opposed to the parade say it is just too expensive, as sending tanks and military hardware to Washington could cost millions.
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sits on the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, said such a parade would send a "great statement" of thanks to the military and could inspire those who want to join.
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. This is about the president showing off.
The Associated Press noted that such "showy displays of raw military power" typically don't occur in the US.
President Bush greets General H. Norman Schwarzkopf who leads the Desert Storm Homecoming Parade in Washington, D.C, June 8, 1991.
Every summer, France's military marches the streets of Paris to commemorate Bastille Day.
"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.
The Senate Democratic whip, Dick Durbin of IL, said he wouldn't attend such a parade.
"But I came back, and one of my early calls were, I think we're going to have to start looking at that ourselves".
WELNA: A parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, he adds, is always a good thing to have.