Trump orders for a military parade

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The idea appears to have been rekindled when Trump visited Paris last July for Bastille Day, when the 45th president made no secret of his awe for the pomp and ceremony of the occasion.

The last major military parade in Washington took place in 1991 after the Gulf War, with missiles and tanks rolling through the streets of the capital.

President Trump has reportedly ordered plans to hold a military parade akin to one in France.

It is expected that the Army Military District of Washington, which oversees some military activities in the city, will be designated to coordinate parade planning, according to a senior defense official.

The Trump administration is considering dates for a potential military parade in Washington.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The spokesman on Tuesday described the planning process as being in its "infancy", reports CNN.

"I would personally spend the money that would go to the military parade, were Trump to have his way, on providing food and housing for even a single homeless veteran", Liz Mair wrote.

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Surrounded by the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump's seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.

That stance is a purposeful one created to cast anyone who objects to a military parade through the streets of Washington as unpatriotic, cynical or both. He said the two-hour parade was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", and said he wanted one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that would be grander than the one he saw in Paris.

U.S. and French soldiers marched together to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I and France's annual Bastille Day holiday.

In typical Trump fashion, he also joked with Macron that "We're going to have to try to top it".

Large-scale military parades are seen by many as a relic of a bygone era and the Cold War, but they remain a common occurrence in many states - Communist and former Soviet nations and beyond. "But its more the behavior of those to show power who have no power than for those who have power", European Parliament member Markus Ferber, of Germany's conservative Christian Democrats told the Daily News Wednesday, also bringing up North Korea and Russian Federation as countries with similar parades.

The hermit kingdom recently labelled the Republican firebrand a "harasser of the peace" following reports that Donald Trump will continue military drills around the peninsula after the upcoming Olympic Games end.

Last September, at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump announced his idea of staging a grand parade of the armed forces in Washington on July 4.

Now you could react to these plans by saying it's better to parade the military than to deploy it, as many of us fear Trump is also itching to do so long as he can find a "winning" theater of combat.

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