Trump's parade isn't about military respect; it's a ruse | Letters

White said the U.S. Army would be the executive agent for planning the parade.

"We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details", a Defense Department spokesman told BuzzFeed News.

For instance, US Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the US military was to ignore Trump's ban.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN that such a parade risks being "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness" if it's all about showing off military hardware. "To a large extent because of what I witnessed we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue". USA officials say it would also be a logistical challenge to bring thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft to Washington. Let's look at Trump's record: he lied about donating to veteran charities until we called him out. This parade is all about an increasingly unpopular Trump exploiting troops for his own gain. "We're not North Korea, we're not Russian Federation, and we're not China and I don't want to be", Kennedy told reporters.

Sanders' denial comes less than 24 hours after the White House and the Pentagon confirmed the story, and in fact seemed quite pleased with the idea.

"The president is looking for opportunities to honor our service members and show appreciation".

While the Post report contained of range of dates, and the parade could be as soon as May 28. Trump's sometimes authoritarian rhetoric certainly plays into this, but come on - he's not even close to comparable here.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD said: "President Trump's bigoted proposal to purge qualified military personnel is in direct contradiction to the will of the American people and what's best for our nation's security".

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"A military parade is third world bullshit".

In the past, the United States military has only put on large-scale parades to celebrate a victory.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser noted caustically today that we're now mired in skirmishes around the globe.with no end in sight for America's longest war in Afghanistan.

In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War.

Trump reminisced about watching France's Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July. "Let's take that money and spend it on our troops or their families, not order them to participate in some sort of a show and parade for his ego". It cost $12 million. Military officials on Tuesday could not say how much Trump's request would cost, or how it would be paid for.

After World War I, parades in New York, Washington and other cities greeted "Doughboy" soldiers as they returned home from the battlefields of Europe.

In a briefing to reporters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the parade plan reflects Trump's respect for the armed forces.

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