Donald Trump witnessed a Bastille Day parade in France last year, and thought to himself, “Ooo, I want one, I want one!” Then, reports surfaced yesterday which were confirmed by the White House that he instructed the Pentagon to throw him a massive military parade.
White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced some questions about the parade during the briefing today, including why the so-called president hasn’t visited troops in Iraq or Afghanistan since taking office. One reporter pointed out that a better way to honor the troops would be to visit them.
CBS News’ Steven Portnoy asked how such an image of a massive military parade would look to the rest of the world.
“Look, as I said, we haven’t made a final decision,” Sanders shot back. “The president is exploring ways he can highlight and show the pride we have in the military.”
She said it’s too soon to speculate “whether or not certain things are appropriate when nothing’s been decided, and it’s literally in a brainstorming session.“
“Is it true that, the report that the president essentially gave a directive to the Defense Department, that this is something that must happen?” Portnoy pressed on.
“No,” Sanders said. “The president asked them to look at different ways and explore and see what those options look like, as the secretary said.”
The Pentagon, the White House, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have all confirmed that Trump has demanded a military parade be thrown in Washington D.C., but Sanders is downplaying it.
Fun fact: 45 would not like a Bastille Day here. The people of France got sick of the monarchy’s abuses of power in 1789 and stormed the castle. When the King learned that Bastille was taken over, he asked a duke, “Is it a revolt?” The duke replied: “No sire, it’s not a revolt; it’s a revolution.” Later, the greedy King and his pretty wife were beheaded.
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