Mattis on Trump's Proposed Military Parade: We're 'Putting Together Options' for White House Review
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday the Pentagon will submit proposals to the White House for holding a military parade called for by President Trump.
The White House confirmed Tuesday that Trump had asked the Pentagon about such an event, which drew instant ridicule from his critics.
Oh my god... he wants to be Kim Jong Un... https://t.co/a0Rwj4rfaH
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 7, 2018
Advisor: Your poll numbers are lousy.
Trump: Let’s build a wall.
Trump: Have more rallies
Trump: Shut down the govt
Trump: Let’s... have a parade!
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiffCA) February 7, 2018
Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, told reporters that the parade is in the planning stages.
"We're all aware in this country of the president's affection and respect for the military," Mattis said. "We've been putting together some options. We'll send them up to the White House for decision."
On "The Daily Briefing," Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin said the idea came to Trump after he visited France last summer for Bastille Day, witnessing a grand military parade down the Champs-Élysées.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2017
Trump is said to have mused to advisers on the way home about his desire for a similar event to tout American military might in Washington, D.C.
Critics have objected to the event's cost, likely to be in the millions. The equipment would have to be diverted from other missions and local officials have said the tank treads would tear up the roads.
Earlier, Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) pushed back on the idea, arguing it's just not part of the American military tradition.
"The French march well. We fight well. Take your pick. If we really want to honor our troops and support them, pass the defense budget, give them the tools and the funding they need," he said.
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