Trump's desires for a parade were considered a presidential directive following a January 18 meeting between Trump and the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the Washington Post reported. The sight of a president presiding over such a pageant through Washington, DC, could create just that, an inescapable image similar to Pyongyang today or Eastern Europe during the Cold War. "We are still waiting to see the details of Trump's long-heralded national infrastructure plan, and I fear that my constituents may see their roads "chewed up" before they see any progress toward rebuilding roads and bridges".
Holmes Norton told The Associated Press that she was already preparing steps to ensure that "if Trump wants a parade, he pays for it".
When Mr Trump met with the French President Emmanuel Macron in September, the commander-in-chief gushed about seeing France's military might on display in the streets when he watched the Bastille Day parade with his French counterpart in July.
Chiming in, Peter Kuznick, a professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, noted that despite the US' history in warfare being defined by failure since WWII, it hasn't exactly kept Americans from continuously glorifying the military. "I mean, we're going to be showing our military". President George H.W. Bush declared it a "great day".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement about this plan saying Trump did indeed ask the Defense Department to "explore" the idea. Moreover, staging such an extravaganza isn't necessarily the political win one might think - after all, the year after his parade Bush 41 failed to win reelection, and "mission accomplished" became an albatross for Bush 43.
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Fox News reported that local politicians in the District of Columbia - including U.S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) - are averse to the idea.
One reporter asked where things are in the planning phases of the parade and if Mattis had any cost estimates.
Not to mention the damage a tank would do to the asphalt of Pennsylvania Avenue. Would the parade attract protesters? Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled.
She added that "it's literally in a brainstorming session" and that the President did not give a directive that this is something that must happen.
Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday a parade "makes sense". "For us to try to imitate what the Soviets are doing in Red Square would make us look weak".