Donald Trump demands his own military parade

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Still, she conceded there was little chance of blocking a parade permit from being issued, given the First Amendment right to free assembly.

"We have a Napoleon in the making here", she said.

Then another reporter chimed in and doubled down on the question. "The reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", Porter said in the statement.

Military officials reportedly rolled their eyes at the idea, and the internet at large has mocked the president's vision, comparing it to the military posturing parades held in Nazi Germany and North Korea.

"The President's respect, his fondness for the military I think is reflected in him asking for these options", he added. In fact, the writer Erma Bombeck once mused about the beauty of a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, "not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness". "The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it". "We'll send them up to the White House for decision".

"They (the military) didn't expect any parades on the way back, they just felt they had done what they were meant to do and had accomplished their job".

"A military parade like this - one that is unduly focused on a single person - is what authoritarian regimes do, not democracies", he said.

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"Not only would a parade show what our country is doing here but also in other countries".

The last time Washington saw anything similar to what Trump is considering was in June 1991, after the Gulf War, as Americans gave veterans of Operation Desert Storm a triumphant welcome home.

John Hoellwarth, communications director for American Veterans, a service organization, told The Washington Post that a parade "lionizing the military" could address the military's existing recruitment problems. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might. I think it shows weakness, quite frankly".

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". "Don't do it", responded DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Trump attended a military parade while visiting Paris on Bastille Day in July as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron and was awestruck by the display.

Some 800,000 gathered in the crowd, the U.S. Park Police said at the time.

"While the District of Columbia, as the nation's capital, is proud to host grand federal celebrations, such as the inauguration, we will fight a shutdown of our city that simply assuages Trump's desire to brag and boast in a series of tweets".