Pentagon officials have begun planning a parade at Donald Trump’s request to show off America’s military might, according to the Washington Post:
Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top-secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning.
Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she was “stunned” at the news and said “we have a Napoleon in the making.”
Rep. Jackie Speier on President Trump's interest in a military parade: "I was stunned by it, to be quite honest. … We have a Napoleon in the making here." https://t.co/FKB39bAlIt pic.twitter.com/rQQD67Pe3G
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