Trump Is Planning a Terrifying Military Parade Through the Streets of D.C.

News & Politics

A troubling Washington Post report reveals that President Donald Trump plans to have soldiers and tanks marching through Washington in a "grand military parade."

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official told the Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared to confirm the plan. 

“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Sanders wrote in a statement. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” The Pentagon issued a confirmation as well.

The Post explains that the president went as far as having a discussion about this in the Pentagon tank.

"Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top-secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning."

The president was reportedly inspired to hold a U.S. military parade after attending the Bastille Day celebration in Paris as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.

As the world's dominant military power, the U.S. traditionally avoids parading war weapons through the streets.

The president's plan displays a chilling similarity to military parades in totalitarian nations and raises concerns that hostile foreign powers, like North Korea, could feel provoked by the imagery.

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