Pentagon says 'no tanks' to Trump's request for Washington military parade
11 March, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Luis Fowler
Potential details for President Donald Trump's requested military parade were revealed Friday - and tanks are not included.
Pentagon plans call for "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks", as they would tear up city roads.
The event should include a "heavy air component", the memo continued, but tanks won't be permitted due to their potential to wreck city streets.
In order to "minimize damage to local infrastructure" the event will not include any tanks, but will include a "heavy air component" featuring both modern and historic aircraft. Trump has sought a military-style parade since attending a Bastille Day parade in Paris with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.
"The memo says the parade will integrate with the annual DC Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of U.S. veterans from the Revolutionary War to today 'with an emphasis on the price of freedom, '" CNN reported.
It will correspond with Washington's annual Veterans Day parade and focus on the contributions of US veterans "from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to today, with an emphasis on the price of freedom, " according to the memo.
Trump's military parade is estimated to cost around $30 million in taxpayer money, according to Politico.
The organizers call for the parade to display the changing role of women in the military, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations". And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.
The route will start at the White House and finish at the Capitol. Northern Command, which oversees USA troops in North America, will execute the parade.
"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", Mr. Trump said last month.
"We're all aware in this country of the President's affection and respect for the military", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said February 7".
Trump will reportedly be surrounded by military veterans and Medal of Honor recipients once the parade reaches the Capitol.
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