American shows of military strength don't come cheap.
"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", said a military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. But President Donald Trump does not often stand on tradition.
The Louisiana Republican joins a growing number of lawmakers who have scoffed at Trump's plan to throw a parade honoring the US military, which he has instructed the Pentagon to begin planning. "What are they trying to prove?'" Del. "Don't do it", responded DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. "Everybody knows it, and we don't need to show it off".
Sen. Dick Durbin called the idea "a fantastic waste of money to amuse the president", and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), said he could support a parade honoring veterans.
Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, D-D.C., who can not vote in the House of Representatives, said the parade would "waste of taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump's ego".
She says the city already bears a massive burden, and worries that a big military parade could cost millions and hurt military readiness.
"We've been putting together some options". "Or they could give him replicas".
"I don't think it's a particularly good idea", Kennedy said.
The DC Council tweeted on it's official page this morning that the schools are open, but the "Great Tank Parade" is "canceled". Still, she conceded there was little chance of blocking a parade permit from being issued, given the First Amendment right to free assembly. "For some presidents, it's sometimes a strategic act: Speak quietly while carrying a big stick", as President Theodore Roosevelt famously advised.
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Some 800,000 gathered in the crowd, the U.S. Park Police said at the time. Jonny Havens, a US army veteran who said he served in Iraq, called that sentiment "right on".
In a briefing to reporters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the parade plan reflects Trump's respect for the armed forces.
Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana), said when you're the most powerful nation on earth, you don't have to show off like Russian Federation and China. "We're not even sure what we're intending to celebrate here".
"We're going to have to top it. Planes going over". 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. We can fix the streets.