Fox News host breaks from network, turns on Trump over military parade

Marie Harrington
February 8, 2018

Just two months after the promise of a Bastille Day parade sent Donald Trump's aides scrambling to organize a last-minute trip to Paris, the president welcomed Emmanuel Macron at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Trump reportedly got the idea after visiting France's annual Bastille Day parade, which commemorates the 1789 military action that turned the tide of the French Revolution.

President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the us armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday.

And there are Soviet Union troops marching and tanks and rockets on display in Moscow throughout the Cold War. The U.S. traditionally has not embraced such showy displays of military might, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of worldwide prestige and influence.

The Associated Press noted that such "showy displays of raw military power" typically don't occur in the US.

The biggest story of the day comes from the Washington Post that reports Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to throw a military parade in honor of his presidency.

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On the same day as that interview was published, the Huffington Post reported that Trump and the team planning his inauguration had sought heavy military equipment for the January 20 inauguration parade. The Washington Post reported that military officials were "unclear" as to where the funding for the parade would come from. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there had been no final decision.

"Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said he was not sure that honouring our military is a waste of money".

"What a scandal to do that on the day that we ought to be celebrating Armistice Day... understanding that the WWI tragedy was a squandering of lives, a bloodletting, that accomplished nothing that was good for humanity", she said.

As Commander-in-Chief, the president has the right to order a military parade, although there is valid disagreement over the appropriateness of doing such in a free country. Trump was also at the gathering, and he was still thinking about that parade.

"The French march well, we fight well", Peters told Bill Hemmer. Planning this vanity project for President Trump is already an embarrassing misuse of our military leaders' time, which should be focused on keeping Americans safe. Since the day he kicked off his campaign for president, the former host of "The Apprentice" has used the military as a talking point to help cater to conservative voters.

One reporter asked where things are in the planning phases of the parade and if Mattis had any cost estimates. Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is canceled.

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