Last month, President Trump requested a "grand military parade" in Washington, inspired by the display he witnessed during France's Bastille Day Parade.
His parade will happen, but according to the Pentagon, there will be limitations. Tanks won't be allowed on public streets in Washington, due to the potential damage they can cause with their tracks. But wheeled vehicles will be allowed, along with a "heavy air component."
Scheduled for Veteran's Day, November 11, the original cost of the parade was expected to be anywhere from 10 to 30 million dollars. The Joint Chiefs of Staff released a memo announcing that "this parade will focus on the contributions of our Veterans throughout the history of the US Military, starting from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom."
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney presented the estimate of the parade's cost, to which President Trump said in spite of the expense, the parade would be "great for our country."
Trump endorses the parade, saying "we have a great country and we should be celebrating our country." After being so impressed by the Bastille Day display, President Trump was inspired to honor the might of the US military in the same way, saying that "being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for our country. And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military."
In late February, Trump called in to a Fox News show saying "we'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it, but the generals would love it, I can tell you, and so would I."
President Trump's parade idea also came off the heels of North Korea's planned display of missiles and rockets for the purpose of scaring "the hell out of Americans" according to CNN.
Reuters reported that the District of Columbia Council is not thrilled with the idea of the parade, which would stroll from the US Capitol grounds to the White House, in a tweet that said "Tank but no tanks!"