Cost of Trump's military parade could run into millions

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Apparently, the president went to the Pentagon on January 18 to tell his generals to start planning a parade.

Trump, known for his unpredictable nature and making "over-the-top" diplomatic and political decisions, surprised the world when a Washington Post report on Tuesday said that the US President gave "marching orders" as a grand gesture to the US military.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump asked the Defense Department to "explore" the idea of a parade. In fact, when you think about any national military parade you can imagine, don't you offer up at least a little snicker?

The news of Trump's call for a military parade in the U.S. comes as North Korea plans to show off dozens of long-range missiles during a February 8 parade, sources told North Korea's intentions told CNN last week.

"He could go see the tanks at a military base if he wanted to", Smith said.

Trump has been a fan of military parades ever since he attended a similar event on Bastille Day in France.

But the more I think about it, the more I think that it's maybe not such a awful idea. "We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates", Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers told reporters, .

Some lawmakers chafed at the prospective costs.

A White House official told the Post that the idea was still in the "brainstorming" phase, and that "there's really no meat on the bones".

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"This is not about a dictatorship". There was "so much military hardware moving, at times it seemed as if Washington was under attack", CBS correspondent Eric Engberg reported at the time.

For Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the possibility of a military parade hits close to home - literally.

Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, D-D.C., who can not vote in the House of Representatives, said the parade would "waste of taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump's ego".

Senator John Kennedy, R-La., said the USA doesn't need to "show off" its military power.

"We all know the president of the United States' affection for the military", Mattis said. "They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade", the official said, according to the Huffington Post.

America is the greatest military power in the world and we don't need to stage elaborate military parades.

One option under consideration is for a parade on November 11 - which would be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

President Andrew Johnson called the parade in an effort to forge national unity, and improve the national mood just one month after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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