The worst president ever, Donald Trump, has asked the Pentagon to look into holding “a celebration” for Americans to demonstrate their appreciation for U.S. armed forces, the White House said, responding to reports that military leaders have started planning a military parade at Trump’s request.
Trump has repeatedly expressed an interest in having a display of America’s military might and increased his calls for a parade after seeing the Bastille Day celebrations during a visit to France last summer.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that at a recent meeting of Trump and top military officials, Trump’s desires were “suddenly heard as a presidential directive.”
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” one military official informed the Post, while maintaining anonymity. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
A White House official informed the Post that the planning was in the “brainstorming” stages, and there is “no meat on the bones” so far.
“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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday night.
“We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details. We will share more information throughout the planning process,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Defense.
White House chief of staff John Kelly is involved in the planning of the parade. Pentagon officials want the parade to be connected to Veterans Day, rather than on Independence Day or Memorial Day, because it would seem to be less tied to Trump and more focused on just the troops.
Officials said to the Post that they don’t know how they’ll pay for the parade, which would cost millions of dollars.
Trump wanted to have tanks and missile launchers in his Inauguration Day parade. A source on the inauguration team said that the team was “legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade.”
Military officials were reluctant to go along with the inauguration team’s desires, and the team wisely decided not to move forward with the questionable plan.
He then informed French President Emmanuel Macron that he was thinking about having a military parade on the 4th of July, saying that he wished for “a really great parade, to show our military strength.”
Presidential historians informed The Washington Post that such a parade “smacks of something you see in a totalitarian country,” and warned that it could evoke nationalism rather than patriotism or could even raise tensions with North Korea.
The White House official ignored on those warnings, claiming it would be “the opposite” of totalitarian, because it’d be a “celebration of the men and women who give us freedom,” but, because the official is not intelligent enough to see the contradiction, said it would be a demonstration of America’s power and a “warning” to the country’s enemies.