When President Trump asked the Pentagon to explore the possibility of a military parade, Republicans and Democrats alike denounced the proposal with many of them claiming the funds that would be used for a parade could be redirected to various other projects and resources. Then the Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden tweeted his thoughts on the subject.
“A military parade is third world bullsh*t. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation,” Robert J. O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden, said on Twitter.
Many experts believe that Trump got the idea of a military parade after he visited French President Emmanuel Macron. The French have yearly military parades, and the spectacle is well received there, according to the Washington Examiner.
President Trump faced backlash for his proposal, prompting White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to defend the president.
Both argued that President Trump was merely trying to show “affection and respect” to the American troops who help protect the country. Sanders claimed his proposal for the parade was nothing more than “a brainstorming session.”
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation,” Sanders said when meeting with the press Wednesday.
The Hill reported a spokesperson for Department of Defense stated they were aware of President Trump’s request and they were “determining specific details.”
Typically, military parades throughout the world highlight tanks and other military vehicles accompanied by soldiers. The main consensus from politicians here, however, is that they are not willing to put on a large spectacle at the expense of the American people.
“I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, told Politico. “America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.”
The coming weeks will determine if President Trump will continue with his purposed plan or if he’ll be persuaded to do something else to show appreciation to the troops.