Signs point to it actually happening.
"I'm not sure that honoring our military is a waste of money", he told MSNBC on Wednesday.
They both said there are better ways to help the troops and their families.
Back in September, at the start of a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump praised the Bastille Day parade and said he was hoping "to do something like that on July Fourth in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue". Critics have suggested that the parade is essentially a giant wobbly megaphone to say, "Look at how strong we (and I) are", as The Washington Post's Rick Noack shared in an analysis. As if we have to.
A USA official confirmed the request to NPR. Every dictator from Mussolini to Hitler to Stalin to Kim Jung-un has presided over military parades.
Trump's desires for a parade were considered a presidential directive following a January 18 meeting between Trump and the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the Washington Post reported.
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While Trump had said in an interview with the Washington Post before the inauguration: "We're going to show the people as we build up our military", adding "That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue".
"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Mr. Trump told reporters two months after viewing the Bastille Day parade. "I don't know. We're going to have to try and top it".
Dunford told the Journal, "I'm aware of the president's request and we are in the initial planning stages to meet the president's direction". It was really so well done. Is a national military parade a good idea? The U.S. traditionally has not embraced showy displays of raw military power, such as North Korea's parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of global prestige and influence. She noted medical deferments for a foot ailment meant he didn't have to serve in the Vietnam War. She has called him a "a five-deferment draft dodger".
Trump already raised fears over growing authoritarianism earlier this week after calling Democrats who didn't applaud his State of the Union address "un-American" and "treasonous".
North Korea is about to hold its Army Day parade and satellite photos show an estimated 13,000 soldiers and 150 vehicles have been preparing for weeks. "We have young men and women in harm's way right now".
The parade in the nation's capital cost $8 million, according to CNBC, which adjusted in today's dollars would be around $13.8 million.
"And he wants to hold a parade?"