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-- 2017 --
July 14: Trump a Guest of Honor as France Marks Bastille Day and 'a Friendship Across the Ages' ...
Trump had front-row seats at the reviewing stand Friday, applauding during the hours-long parade carried out under blue skies as various French military units marched past. At one point, Trump saluted a combined group of U.S. Army and Navy troops and Marines taking part in the annual event.
September 18: Trump praises Macron, considers July 4 military parade like one he saw in Paris
U.S. President Donald Trump, offering more words of praise for French
counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said on Monday he was considering staging a July 4
U.S. military parade in Washington inspired by the one he saw as Macron’s guest
Trump said he was so impressed by the military parade in France that he would like to recreate it in Washington.
“To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he told reporters. “We’re actually looking into it.”
-- 2018 --
February 6: Trump’s ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade ... President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.
Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States — and they don’t come cheap. The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it.
“I don’t think there’s a lack of love and respect for our armed forces in the United States,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. “What are they going to do, stand there while Donald Trump waves at them? It smacks of something you see in a totalitarian country — unless there’s a genuine, earnest reason to be doing it.”
One concern is that big displays of missile launchers might evoke Pyongyang-style nationalism more than American patriotism.
February 7: Lawmakers balk at potential cost of Trump’s military parade
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called the idea a "fantastic waste of money to amuse the president."
"Take the money that the president would like to spend on this parade [and] instead, let’s make sure our troops are ready for battle and survive it and come home to their families," Durbin, the Democratic minority whip, said on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
While the estimated sticker price for the parade has yet to be revealed, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted Tuesday night that "a military parade costs millions."
"Let's fix military housing, hire more VA doctors, fund telehealth, DOD schools, support the commissaries, daycare for families, or give more flight training time," he said.
"Let’s put money into the quality of life and military families who sacrifice with our men and women in uniform," Durbin told MSNBC. "And finally, let’s make sure that we’re doing something to stop the waiting lines in veterans' hospitals. That’s a good way to put money, taxpayers' money — investing in our troops, investing in our veterans, instead of the amusement of the president."
February 7: U.S. presidents have long shied away from such displays of military prowess [Trump's proposed military parade] — which typically include tanks, missiles and, in some cases, goose-stepping soldiers — for fear of being compared to Washington's Cold War adversaries, where such displays have traditionally been potent symbols of state power. Those countries include Russia (and, formerly, the Soviet Union), China and North Korea.
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February 7: Why a military parade may be Trump’s biggest troll yet
Democrats will make it all about Trump, and it will be hard to argue with them. They'll argue it's a waste and unbecoming of a U.S. president. Trump, meanwhile, will revel in the controversy it causes and the spectacle, insisting he's just promoting the American military and suggesting that people who oppose it oppose the military. (This will undoubtedly happen.)
February 7: DC Democrats mock Trump's military parade, will try to stop it ... “I'd be hard pressed to find someone that doesn't think this is really about one thing and one thing only -- a fragile man trying to feed his own ego,” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen told Fox News on Wednesday.
The Democratic councilmember suggested that D.C. could refuse to cooperate.
Since the idea was first made public Tuesday, the D.C. council has mocked the idea in several tweets, including one with an image of fake road signing prohibiting military tanks. No Republicans serve on the council.
“Tanks but No Tanks!” the council tweeted.
“Despots call their opponents traitors and treasonous,” Phil Mendelson, the
chairman of the D.C. Council, tweeted. “And despots like military parades..."
February 7: ‘Dear Leader’ Trump Gets Brutally Mocked On Twitter Over Military Parade Plan ... “If he wanted to take part in a military parade, maybe he shouldn’t have dodged the draft.”
February 7: Donald Trump orders Pentagon to plan military parade to rival pomp and ceremony of France's Bastille Day
"What an absurd waste of money! Trump acts more like dictator than president. Americans deserve better," said Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern.
Retired general Paul Eaton, senior adviser to VoteVets, a progressive political action committee for military veterans, said: “Donald Trump has continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies, and this is just another worrisome example.”
He added: “Unfortunately, we do have a commander in chief right now as much as have a wannabe banana republic strongman.”
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February 7: Trump wants Bastille Day-style military parade, critics say he’s a Napoleon in making ... US President Donald Trump has asked Pentagon to plan for a parade at ‘which all Americans can show their appreciation’.
US President Donald Trump kicked off a new storm Tuesday as he ordered the military to mount a parade similar in spectacle, if not grander, to the one he witnessed on the Bastille Day in Paris in 2017.
Trump, whose love of the military and the uniform do not comport with his five deferrals from draft, was so impressed with the parade that he couldn’t stop talking about it.
A parade of military leader went up on cable news shows, saying it was an abysmal idea and said most American soldiers hate the idea of a parade, the rehearsals and everything that went into.
February 7: Donald Trump wants Washington military parade ... It has long been conventional wisdom that the US does not need to boast of its military strength because it already is recognised as the leader of the Nato alliance ...
The US has not traditionally embraced showy displays of raw military power, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of international prestige and influence.
February 7: Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, defended Trump’s idea against criticisms that it would be a waste of money.
"I’m not sure that honoring our military is a waste of money," he told MSNBC on Wednesday. "This is not about a dictatorship. This is about the president wanting to honor the military."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Twitter that he supported a parade, but added that his "hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military service, sacrifice, and saying ‘Thank You' to those who protect our nation."
Durbin, however, said there is a better way to show the country's appreciation.
February 7: "America has been respected throughout the world not because of its power but because of its purpose. Respect and appreciation for the men and women who serve in the military is not because of their weapons but because of their selflessness. Remember TR!" ...
And at least one veterans group is already worried.
"So far it's going over in the military and veterans community like a lead balloon," said Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, or IAVA.
"We did a quick snapshot on our Twitter account and it's by no means scientific, but last I checked 88% of people did not support this idea," he said.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told CNN on Wednesday that there is nothing wrong with having a parade to celebrate the military but said to have a parade to show military might is "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness."
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February 7: Trump tells Pentagon 'to top' France military parade
Commentators say a US parade would be extremely expensive, given the cost of bringing military hardware and personnel to the capital and protecting its streets from tanks designed for war zones.
Several retired military personnel have also condemned the plan, saying the money would be better served improving conditions for veterans or raising military wages.
February 8: Navy SEAL who says he killed bin Laden: ‘A military parade is third world bulls---’
February 14: Trump’s military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director says
February 15: Trump's Military Parade Could Cost As Much As $50 Million ... troops in vintage uniforms marching through the streets as military aircraft carve the skies overhead, all in a grand celebration of Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. That is one scenario taking shape as the Pentagon maps out options for the military parade President Trump has requested.
In response to Trump's request, the Department of Defense has
worked up five options, with price tags ranging from $3 million to as much as
$50 million, a U.S. official told NPR.
February 16: This year the United States will spend $824.6 billion on defense. Meanwhile, social safety nets get gutted, schools go without heat, tens of thousands die from opioid overdoses and infrastructure crumbles.
Military parades are popular in tin-pot dictatorships for a reason. They hide a suffering populace behind rows of military vehicles and fighter jets screaming overheard — fighter jets whose hourly operating costs are enough to feed, clothe and shelter a family of four for a year.
If the parade lasts an hour, at least two people will have died of opioid overdoses before it finishes.
February 17: There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause.
February 20: A majority of American voters opposes President Trump’s request for a military parade, with many saying it’s not a good use of taxpayer dollars, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, which is now in the planning stages, compared to 26 percent who support the idea.
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February 20: The Pentagon is still in the dark about Trump's military parade — but it could use donations to help pay for it
The potential cost ... concerns military planners, according to CNN, and the Defense Department is considering taking private donations to defray some of the expense. While those donations could not cover military salaries or the cost of transporting equipment, they could be applied to other parade-related expenses.
February 23: Trump directs Pentagon to schedule military parade for Veterans Day ... according to an unclassified Feb. 20 memo written by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
McMaster’s memo makes clear the administration, at the president’s direction, is moving forward with plans for the parade, and has potentially settled on a date.
March 9: Trump getting a parade but tanks won't roll down Pennsylvania avenue
The Pentagon memo sent to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was issued on Thursday and outlined the initial guidance on how Trump's sought after parade, scheduled for November 11 -- Veterans Day -- will look.
The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans from the Revolutionary War to today "with an emphasis on the price of freedom."
The parade will "include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks," the memo said, adding that "consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure."
It will, however, involve "a heavy air component" with military aircraft flying overhead at the end of parade, including older aircraft "as available," the memo said.
July 20: Estimated 5,000 to 7,000 service members to march in Trump's military parade
More details and specifics about the [November 11] Veterans Day Military Parade will be announced at a later date."
August 17: Trump cancels military parade, blames local politicians as estimated cost balloons to $92 million
The postponement comes on the heels of news that the cost of the parade had ballooned from its initial estimated price tag of $12 million. A U.S. official told ABC News on Thursday that the cost of the parade was now estimated to be $92 million.
Trump said he would instead plan to attend a separate military parade on Joint Base Andrews in nearby Prince George's County, Maryland, and announced that he would visit Paris in November for the centennial celebration marking 100 years since the end of World War 1.
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