Mattis mum on any plans for big military parade

He was impressed by a French military parade in Paris on Bastille Day past year, and spoke publicly about wanting a similar one in the U.S. Indeed, if anyone's earned it, it's our courageous Armed Forces Patriots. He says "we all know" Trump's "affection for the military".

Trump has not commented directly on why he would want to show the might of the American military on the streets of Washington, but officials have confirmed they are drafting options for the president to consider.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - who argued to lawmakers on Tuesday that a budgetary impasse was eroding USA advantages over adversaries and could lead to aircraft being grounded - said the Pentagon was putting together options that would be sent to the White House. "The president's respect, his fondness for the military I think is reflected in him asking for these options".

The Post also reported that the Pentagon would prefer to hold such a parade on Veteran's Day in November, in part because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I. It would thus be less directly associated with the president and politics, the Post said.

One Twitter user who describes himself as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran had a counter-argument for those who think a parade is needed to show appreciation for our military troops.

"Usually when you see big parades, it's celebrating the end of a war".

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In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War. While the Pentagon does not yet have a cost estimate for how much another parade may cost, it is likely to be in the millions of dollars.

The 1991 parade took place after a USA -led coalition evicted Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the first Gulf War. Trump has reportedly proposed the idea multiple times following his visit to France during Bastille Day, where a military parade was held as he met with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"Tanks but no tanks!" it tweeted.

When asked who would pay for the cost of the parade, White said the Pentagon was still in the planning phase. The Mexican government has insisted it will not do so.

TODD HARRISON: They've said so many times how military readiness is being harmed and how they are falling behind in maintenance and training activities, and this does nothing to further the readiness of the military.

And the director of the top Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' group told Politico the parade "is definitely unpopular" among his members because it could politicize the military. This parade is all about an increasingly unpopular Trump exploiting troops for his own gain.

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