Trump wants military parade in Washington

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The Republican firebrand appears to have been captivated by the military showcase put on by French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day during a visit to Paris a year ago.

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a military parade, conjuring up images of U.S. soldiers and tanks marching down Washington DC's Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon is, at the behest of Trump, is planning a massive demonstration of USA military power on our own streets.

The way Trump discusses nuclear weapons may fall into a pattern at times observed among military officials in the past, as researchers pointed out at the time.

His transition team actually asked the Pentagon if they could include tanks or other hardware in his inauguration parade in January 2017, but the military turned down the request, about the damage that the heavy tanks would do to downtown Washington's roads.

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"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", Sanders wrote in a statement.

Sanders said the White House has not made a final decision and that they are "exploring different ways that he could highlight and show the pride we have in the military".

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

In 1946, another military parade was held in NY to celebrate the Allied Powers' victory over the coalition of Axis Powers in World War II.

Muscular displays of American military firepower are uncommon in the United States, though service members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of veterans.

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It will be one massive troll, complete with tanks and flyovers and marching soldiers.

In 1961, an Army Pershing missile mounted on a tank-like carrier rode down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., as part of the inaugural parade for President John F. Kennedy. "And I believe that we have so many issues around the world in terms of preparing for wars that are ongoing, and wars that may be in the offing because of what's happening in North Korea, that I would say that it's really a waste of money".

Trump has always been fascinated by the prospect of a military parade and has previously mused to administration officials about holding one in Washington, according to aides. He wants to emulate North Korea.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Donald Trump's desire for a massive military parade reflects his respect and fondness for the US military.

In a rare on-camera appearance at the White House briefing, Mattis told reporters that the President's respect for the military was apparent in his request of a military parade.

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Asked about the association of such parades with strongman rulers, that official said that the parade would be a "celebration of the men and women who give us freedom", and added: "That's the opposite of a totalitarian government".