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Trump flirts with flashy military parade long eschewed by US

08 February 2018

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron during Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017.

Speaking to Sputnik Radio's Loud & Clear, Kelly told show hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that Trump's parade interests puts an end to solving more important issues that the USA is facing.

Tanks rumbled and troops marched over the Memorial Bridge in 1991 as part of the National Victory Day Parade celebrating the end of the Gulf War.

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Widely accepted as the world's mightiest, the USA military has no tradition of putting itself on parade like in Russia, North Korea or China.

"We understand when there are countries that are not major military powers that like to display their military".

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters reacted Wednesday to President Trump's plan to hold a military parade in the streets of Washington.

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Trump had ordered Pentagon officials to plan a large-scale parade in the nation's capital showcasing the country's military might including a processional of tanks, military equipment and soldiers down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Trump added, "We're going to have to try and top it", explaining that one of his earliest calls upon returning from France last July was to get the wheels turning on an American version, "having a really great parade to show our military strength".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that the administration hasn't made a final decision on whether to have a parade.

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"A military parade like this - one that is unduly focused on a single person - is what authoritarian regimes do, not democracies", he said. Beschloss says some in the White House approached Eisenhower, himself a decorated military general, suggesting the U.S.do the same, to show off American might. He says that he wants to honor the men and women of the armed forces. "We've been putting together some options", Defence Secretary James Mattis told reporters during a White House press briefing.

"I swore an oath - in the military and in the Senate - to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap".

After that march represented a post-military campaign celebration, not a nationalistic show of military might. The Senate's second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, said he wouldn't attend the event.

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"Can you talk about where things are in the planning stages for the military parade the president is seeking and what any cost estimates you have at this point are?" an unidentified reporter asked. The parade featured tanks and other armored military vehicles and a flyover by jets that streaked the sky with red, white, and blue smoke.

Trump flirts with flashy military parade long eschewed by US