President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare a military parade for Washington, D.C.
President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.
In a January 18th meeting, Trump told top Pentagon officials that he wanted a military parade similar to France.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
The planning for the event is not settled yet. The Pentagon doesn't even know where it will get the funds for the parade, which could cost many millions of dollars, since it would require the shipping of tanks to the the nation's capital.
A White House official familiar with the planning described the discussions as “brainstorming” and said nothing is settled. “Right now, there’s really no meat on the bones,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.
Trump could serve as the Grand Marshall of the parade.
It is unclear what role Trump would play, whether he may perhaps serve as a grand marshal or observe the spectacle from a reviewing stand.