Despite nobody wanting a military parade, President Donald Trump is getting his parade but it is not going to be grand. Unlike the Paris Bastille Day parade that supposedly inspired Trump’s idea, the ceremony won’t have any tanks.
CNN reported Friday that Trump’s military parade “will not involve any heavy military vehicles like tanks to avoid doing damage to the streets of Washington.”
Trump originally wanted a massive military display in the streets of the nation’s capital. But aside from the North Korea-like image that creates, there’s one problem–D.C. streets are terrible. They can barely hold up to bicycles, let alone tank treads.
In a memo CNN acquired from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon decided that the parade “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks” and that “consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.”
It’s also not going to be its own parade anymore but will be integrated with the Veterans Day parade. The event will focus on the contributions of veterans dating back to the Revolutionary War, “with an emphasis on the price of freedom.”
While this all sounds a little less expensive, the Pentagon made sure they would waste money by having “a heavy air component,” with military aircrafts closing out the parade, including older aircrafts “as available.”
“We’ll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can’t, we won’t do it. But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I,” Trump told Fox News late last month.
“I think it’s great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit,” he added.