VERIFY: How much will Trump's military parade in DC cost?

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"The marching orders were: 'I want a parade like the one in France, '" The Post quoted an unnamed military official who also said that there was a plan "being worked at the highest levels of the military".

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD said: "President Trump's bigoted proposal to purge qualified military personnel is in direct contradiction to the will of the American people and what's best for our nation's security".

President Donald Trump salutes as he watches the Inaugural Parade from the main reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. "We've sent them into battle after battle in a growing list of countries without a logical explanation for why they're killing people, and why their buddies are dying, and why they're getting their legs blown off". "Let's take that money and spend it on our troops or their families, not order them to participate in some sort of a show and parade for his ego".

The Pentagon and the White House Press Secretary later confirmed the story to the Post.

The inspiration for Trump's push is last year's Bastille Day celebration in Paris, which the president attended as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump publicly expressed his interest in an American military display after watching the Paris parade.

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"We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details".

It's clear to me that Trump doesn't actually honor the troops, he wants to force the troops to honor him. USA military veterans are much more pro-Trump than nearly any other group, with data showing they chose him over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election by a large 60 percent-to-34 percent margin.

Before I go on to share some excellent talking points from a petition campaign I'd like to point out the confusion exhibited by our president during a wonderful performance by a French marching band that closed the Bastille Day parade on July 14th. He said, "I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud". And as veterans, we know we can't stay on the sidelines as Trump continues to turn our comrades into political props, and intimidates our communities with an authoritarian display. "To a large extent because of what I witnessed we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue".

"We're going to have to try and top it [Bastille Day], but we had a lot of planes going over and we had a lot of military might", he pointed out. One of the most well-recognized veterans, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, said they don't need a "Trump themed parade". "It was really so well done".

US military members commonly participate in parades on the Fourth of July and other holidays to mark appreciation and remembrance of military veterans, but these typically do not include gaudy displays of military hardware.

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