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President Trump came up with the idea of a military parade through the capital after watching the Bastille Day parade in France.

President Donald Trump made waves again in Washington this week after it was revealed he ordered the Pentagon to explore the possibility of a military parade.

The Pentagon is still trying to figure out what an American military parade would look like.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday evening.

However, the former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is calling President Donald Trump's idea for a military parade in Washington "third world bulls--".

A Pentagon spokesman, Charlie Summers, says Pentagon officials are aware of the request and are "looking at options".

Council Member Charles Allen took to Twitter as well with a direct shot at Trump, writing, "Military parade down the streets of DC to feed an insecure man's fragile ego?" He was impressed by a French military parade in Paris on Bastille Day previous year, and spoke publicly about wanting a similar one in the U.S.

For instance, US Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the US military was to ignore Trump's ban. But he says they'll be sent to the White House for a decision.

The Post report said a January 18 meeting between Trump, Mattis and top generals at the Pentagon marked a tipping point in Trump's push for a parade.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", a military official told the Post.

Critics have argued that a parade could cost millions of dollars, at a time the Pentagon wants more stable funding for an overstretched military.

One option under consideration is for a parade on November 11 - which would be the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The Pentagon's takeaway from the meeting was that the parade was an order, not a request.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., stated, "I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud".

Spending money on aid to Puerto Rico, eliminating college debt, and providing healthcare or a thousand other ways to strengthen the country troops are willing to die to protect. "We do that every day in virtually every clime all over the world". Trump originally told media about it on the way back from France after attending last Bastille Day's parade, but they didn't report it. He said the two-hour parade was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", and said he wanted one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington that would be grander than the one he saw in Paris.