"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", an anonymous military official told the Washington Post. "The president is exploring ways he can highlight and show the pride we have in the military". At least 200,000 people attended the event, which cost $8 million.
Two Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation in the House and Senate that would block federal funds from being used to pay for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's reported plan to hold a military parade.
When Trump first suggested the idea to top aides aboard Air Force One after the parade, staff debated the best time of year to have it, and noted the tanks in Paris had chewed up the city's pavement, throwing up chunks of concrete as they moved.
He also told CNN that a parade risks being "kind of cheesy and a sign of weakness" if it's just about showing off military muscle. His transition team actually asked the Pentagon if they could include tanks or other hardware in his inauguration parade in January 2017, but the military turned down the request, about the damage that the heavy tanks would do to downtown Washington's roads.
"It is impossible for me to understand how, knowing he (Trump) is a five-time draft dodger, he could still convince so many that HE is America's patriot", IL resident Gary Pierce responded to an anti-parade tweet from Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Trump's plan also pissed off other rank-and-file vets.
While the Post report contained of range of dates, and the parade could be as soon as May 28.
"Do I find the idea of forcing service members to perform a charade that will cost a lot of time, money, and resources, and ultimately do nothing to make our country stronger or more safe, repulsive?"
"The RNC's statement is a disgusting attack on thousands of courageous transgender service members and the armed services as a whole".
Secretary of Defense James Mattis appeared at Wednesday's press briefing, and when about the parade, said he would send "options" for it up to the White House. His deportation task force at ICE consistently rounds up and deports veterans who have served in the military.
Not all the Republicans are in lockstep behind Trump, either.
Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana), said when you're the most powerful nation on earth, you don't have to show off like Russian Federation and China. And former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., tweeted, "Obama wasn't a King". "We prepare. We deter".