Welp, Trump has officially ordered the Pentagon to plan a military parade. Because that’s apparently what he thinks America needs right now.
A spokesperson for the Pentagon confirmed today, February 7th, that they are looking into potential dates to have the parade in Washington D.C.
As The Washington Post pointed out, Trump has talked about wanting to have a military parade for some time. It became more official after a recent meeting with several Pentagon officials, at which point Trump’s desire to do the parade “was suddenly heard as a presidential directive.”
Charlie Summers, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told NBC News, “We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates.” He said they were considering November 11th, 2018 as a possible date. November 11th is Veteran’s Day in the U.S., and it’s also Armistice Day in many other countries, a date that marks when fighting ended in World War I.
The United States does not typically have military parades, and many are wondering about the sudden push. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying, “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”
Although the location is still being discussed, Trump has reportedly said he wants the parade to proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the Capitol, the White House, and the Trump International Hotel. It would follow the same route as Trump’s inaugural parade.
Many officials are not happy with the plan. For one thing, big military parades are expensive. As the Post points out, “Presidents have avoided displays of military hardware that are more associated in the American mind with the Soviet Union’s Red Square celebrations or, more recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s efforts to show off his Taepodong missiles.”
Former State Deptartment spokesman and retired Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby told CNN he thought it was a “tremendously bad idea,” saying, “This is not about showcasing our military. This is about the president showing off. This is all about his ego.”
Twitter users are less than thrilled as well.
We’ll be tracking this as it develops.