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Washington is Trump's preferred parade route, options open - Mattis

 

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Brian Endlein (C), of the U.S. Army Reserve 78th Army Band, leads the band in marching during the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade in New York, NY, U.S., November 11, 2017. Hector Rene Membreno-Canales/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he believed President Donald Trump wants Washington, D.C., to be the setting for a parade to honour the U.S. military but left open the possibility that it could be staged elsewhere.

 

Trump has asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marvelled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris last year.

 

But critics have lampooned the proposal. They argue that a parade could cost millions of dollars and disrupt city streets and question why a show of military might is needed now.

 

Mattis, speaking to reporters, explained that he would give Trump options on the parade.

 

"We'll work out everything from size, to participation to costs. And when I get clear options, we will send those over to the White House and I'll go over and talk to them," Mattis said.

 

When asked whether location was also a variable, Mattis suggested he had not yet considered alternatives to Washington but did not rule out other options, either.

 

"As I understand it, he wants the parade in Washington, D.C., but that's a good question. I'll see what we put together for options," Mattis said.

 

At least two congressional Democrats said they would introduce bills to block federal funding from being used for a military parade.

 

"First and foremost, diverting millions of dollars away from training our troops and supporting our military, especially at a time when Congress is struggling to pass annual appropriations, should be enough to kill this idea," said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the foreign relations panel.

 

On Wednesday, the Council of the District of Columbia ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

 

“Tanks but no tanks!” it tweeted.

 

The Pentagon earlier on Thursday said it was not certain that the Washington area would host the parade.

 

"We don't know that. There are options and we will explore those and the president will ultimately decide," said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, adding that the U.S. Army was taking the lead in creating options for the event.

 

One possibility is for a parade on Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

 

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali. Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle.; Editing by Alistair Bell)

 
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The only reason that Trump wants a parade is that he thinks it will result in him getting a promotion to 'Grand Marshall".

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39 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

The only reason that Trump wants a parade is that he thinks it will result in him getting a promotion to 'Grand Marshall".

 

Stupid idea. More than enough recognition of military between special holidays and how militarism has permeated everyday life in America now since 9/11. Everyone's a hero, don't you know. Can't watch a football game without it's intrusion.  All that said, my question would be, what is this stupid idea meant to distract people from?

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Don't show up for the parade, or speak out against it and Trump with paint you as anti-Military. Let me say that again. Trump will paint you as anti-Military. And then he'll kick you where your bone spurs hurt the most. 

Go Navy!

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Washington DC is the most logical place to have the Parade. 

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Trump has asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marvelled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris last year.

 

Yea, right!  Nothing to do with honoring our great American troops. 

 

Instead,  Cadet Bone Spurs, as in Donald Trump who got 5 draft deferments during the Vietnam War era,  just wants to honor himself...receive salutes as the troops march by him.    Wonder if he'll march in parade?   Whoops, forgot...he can't as he supposedly has feet bone spurs--yea, right.

 

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He's an overgrown little boy who wants to show Kim Jong Un that his is bigger - pathetic!

 

 

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Let's get our priorities right! Who needs medical insurance when you can have a good old fashion military parade.

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On 2/9/2018 at 8:12 AM, Boon Mee said:

Washington DC is the most logical place to have the Parade. 

Gotta agree Boon - Washington will provide the best results (if you know what I mean) :smile:

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It seems most people, including the military, aren't in agreement on the Parade:

 

Poll finds almost no one thinks Trump's military parade is a good idea

 

President Donald Trump made waves this week as reports emerged that he had asked the Pentagon to work up plans for a massive military parade akin to the type normally seen in countries like Russia and North Korea. 

But according to an informal poll conducted by the Army Times, most people don’t support it.

Nearly 9 in 10, or specifically 89 percent, of the publication readers who responded said the parade is "a waste of money and troops are too busy."

 

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/poll-finds-almost-no-one-231945963.html

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