Donald Trump to get military parade, but no tanks

Donald Trump to get military parade, but no tanks

Donald Trump to get military parade, but no tanks

President Trump's military parade was revealed to be carried out in November on the US Veterans Day and is to be taken place in Washington DC.

Less than a month after the Trump administration unveiled a fiscal 2019 budget that included $3 trillion in cuts, USA defense officials late Friday released plans for the parade which has been scheduled for November 11, Veteran's Day.

As the invited guest of French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many US-made planes, along the Champs-Elysées.

The event will include "no tanks", but it will play host to "a heavy air component at the end of the parade, to include older aircraft as available", the memo states.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, has estimated that parade could cost as much as $30 million.

Inspiration for a military parade in Washington, D.C.

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.

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Memo: No Tanks, 'Older' Aircraft at Trump's Military Parade

In the memo, the Joint Staff are tasked to plan the parade, while U.S. Northern Command is instructed to execute it.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said after news got out.

The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

Trump praised the parade months later, saying, "We're going to have to try and top it."

It is pertinent to mention that Department of State is planning to invite heads of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allied member states to watch the parade along with President Trump.

Female veterans will be highlighted, and marchers representing previous wars will wear period uniforms, including historical dress from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

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