'Napoleon in the making': Trump's military parade plan lambasted

Trump eyes military parade to showcase US might

The Louisiana Republican joins a growing number of lawmakers who have scoffed at Trump's plan to throw a parade honoring the USA military, which he has instructed the Pentagon to begin planning. "We'll send them up to the White House for decision".

"As far as the parade goes, again, the president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think is reflected in him asking for these options", Mattis said.

The White House has announced tentative plans to for a large-scale military parade on the orders of President Donald Trump.

Afghan war will cost B in 2018 United States expands air campaign to northern Afghanistan Mattis defends plans for new nuclear capabilities MORE on Wednesday dodged a question about why the Pentagon should spend time and money planning a military parade requested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE.

Voters who served in the military (mostly veterans but also active duty) supported Trump by 60 percent over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election. "We don't have to show off to make a point".

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser noted caustically today that we're now mired in skirmishes around the globe.with no end in sight for America's longest war in Afghanistan.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., an Air Force veteran, tweeted that Trump's proposal is a significant waste of funds and suggested Trump focus on other issues, like developing a military strategy.

The president has more than a few hurdles to jump to get the project on the move.

"We have a Napoleon in the making here", said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. But Trump's own on-the-record remarks indicate he wants to hold one because he was impressed last summer when he was the guest of French President Emmanuel Macron for France's parade.

Norton said the US was better than that.

"I trust President Trump, Defense Department, Secretary Mattis to do it in the right way, and do it in a way that makes sense and is cost effective", Havens said. "We're going to have to try to top it".

"We had bombings in Kabul just last week", Theriot-Smith said.

"One sure way you know this is a great idea is by how upset liberals have already become", Bruce wrote. Some 8,000 veterans marched along with tanks that trudged down a flag-festooned Constitution Avenue as fighter planes roared over the National Mall, before a crowd of about 800,000. "But the civilian sector of the country, the Americans who remember Vietnam and the divisions of that era (wanted one)", a CBS correspondent who reported the event told the anchor Bob Scheiffer.

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