DC mayor's office says Trump must foot bill for military parade

First Lady Melania Trump President Donald Trump French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron stand in front of the U.S. national flag held by soldiers at the end of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris

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.

"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump told reporters, according to the Post.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford later confirmed that planning for the military parade is in the works.

The DC Council tweeted on it's official page this morning that the schools are open, but the "Great Tank Parade" is "canceled". "As far as the parade goes again, the president's respect, his fondness for the military, I think is reflected in him asking for these options", Mattis said. "We're going to have to try to top it".

An unnamed Pentagon official who spoke with the Post said that they were looking at various dates for a parade and said they preferred Veterans Day because the event would be less associated with the President or politics.

President George H.W. Bush held one of few American military parades in 1991 celebrating victory in the Persian Gulf War.

"I'll let military friends speak for themselves, hoping they don't just salute Trump, but when I served in the U.S. Army, the LAST thing we wanted to do was parade", tweeted John McLaughlin, who served in the Central Intelligence Agency under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

The White House moved one step closer to achieving its goal of a two-year budget deal that increases military spending, but was dogged Wednesday by questions about a possible military parade through the streets of Washington and a senior adviser accused of multiple assaults on ex-wives.

More: Trump's military parade is not a new idea.

"I don't know how they're going to promote it or when they're going to suggest it - but we will always be concerned with (the parade's) impact on the city, the impact on safety, pulling personnel, and our roadways, and the attention it would attract", Bowser told Channel 9.

Mattis would not say if he thought the idea of a military parade was good, only that his job is to lay out strategy.

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Fox News' National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin told The Daily Briefing's Dana Perino that most military personnel "thought [the parade] was a joke at first". He didn't note that American troops remain in Afghanistan more than 16 years after toppling the Taliban, and that they're also present in Hussein's old Iraqi stomping grounds and in Syria.

A little less than half - $3 million - of the cost was paid by the government, with the rest coming from private donations.

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