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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un GettySuch a display would surely enrage despot leader Kim Jong-un
Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 02:09

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon is putting together options for a military parade President Donald Trump has requested after attending a similar display in France, Bloomberg reports.

The president has reportedly expressed his interest in a future military parade after watching France's Bastille Day Parade last summer. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military. Citing an unnamed official involved in inaugural planning, the website reported that a member of Trump's transition team wanted tanks and missile launchers in the parade.

The White House confirmed that an event is in the works, though it did not offer further details.

Widely accepted as the world's mightiest, the USA military has no tradition of putting itself on parade like in Russia, North Korea or China.

John Hoellwarth, communications director for American Veterans, a service organization, told The Washington Post that a parade "lionizing the military" could address the military's existing recruitment problems.

The White House claimed Trump was joking. Flyovers featuring the latest bombers are common at high-profile sporting events, and Fleet Week programs put military hardware front and center.

Trump and Macron
GettyThe Republican firebrand appears to have been captivated by France's military showcase

It's not unusual to see cheering crowds greeting troops and veterans in Fourth of July parades and celebrations for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The last time the Pentagon staged a big military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.we were celebrating the end of the first Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Chris Lessard, a Newton firefighter and Marine combat veteran of Iraq who has been active in veterans' causes, said of the criticism of the parade, "I think it's a knee-jerk reaction to who is proposing it".

The last major military parade in the U.S. was to mark victory in the Gulf War in 1991, under President George H.W. Bush. However, the official also said that Mr. Trump is adamant about doing "something that highlights the service and sacrifice of the military" that would serve as "a unifying moment for the country".

Still, Mr. Trump has publicly entertained the idea of holding a military parade since before he took office. This is about the president showing off. The parade path could be the same as was for the presidential inauguration down the Pennsylvania Avenue.

The following month, he oversaw a parade in China's far-northern province of Inner Mongolia, in which more than 100 planes and nearly 600 types of weaponry - many never seen before - went on show to mark the PLA's 70th anniversary.