Wounded Marine Veteran to Trump: Have a Parade When 'Terrorist Threat' Is Defeated
President Trump said he is still hoping to hold a military parade in Washington, D.C. this coming Veterans Day.
Trump, however, said Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" that he will not go forward with the event if it ends up being too costly.
"We’ll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won’t do it, but the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I. I think it’s great for our country," he said.
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Echoing other former service members' thoughts on the idea, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joey Jones (Ret.) urged the president not to hold the parade.
Jones, who lost his legs in a bombing in Afghanistan in 2010, said a parade does not "present the right message," explaining that Marines do not wear their combat uniforms in public.
"There's something very American about not having our military out in society in this country. It's part of our freedom. It's part of the laws we have," he said on "Outnumbered Overtime," adding he understands Trump's appreciation and "affection" for the men and women of the U.S. military.
Jones said there should be a parade when the U.S. military is truly victorious, criticizing former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama "for claiming victory when we never had victory to claim" in the Middle East.
"When one day we say we have rid ourselves of the terrorist threat that we're fighting, let's have a parade on every street in this country."
Watch the interview above.