>> Lavish military parades are par for the course in Russia and China, and an art form in North Korea. And now, President Donald Trump wants to bring that pomp, pageantry, and show of might to Washington, DC. The Washington Post on Tuesday reported Trump was so impressed by the elaborate Bastille Day Parade he saw last year as the guest of French President Emmanuel Macron he ordered the Pentagon and White House to begin planning something similar for the U.S. capital.
Defense secretary James Mattis on Wednesday confirmed a parade is in the works.>> We've been putting together some options. We'll send them up to the White House for decision.>> White House reporter Jim Olafont is following the story.>> This does have a precedent, after the Gulf War in the early 90s.
Washington had a military parade to honor those who had fought overseas in that war. And so that's one reason why people are not dismissing this as an implausible idea. But tanks and troops parading down Pennsylvania Avenue are extremely rare. In contrast, Vladimir Putin staged Russia's biggest parade ever for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
And Pyongyang's Kim Jong-un has paraded his ballistic missiles.>> Now there are critics who say, well this max of authoritarianism, this is what countries with dictators do. And there are other people who have objected to the cost of it, it's expected to run in the millions. But you're seeing, especially Republicans, I expect are gonna rally behind this.
And then Democrats are, again, gonna be put sort of in a box by Trump. If they come out publicly against it, it looks like that they're criticizing the military.>> Some Democrats in Congress saying the money should go instead towards equipping US troops. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham was lukewarm on the idea.
>> I don't mind having a parade honoring the service and sacrifice of our military members. I'm not looking for a Soviet style hardware display. That's not who we are. It's kind of cheesy and I think it shows weakness quite frankly.>> No date for the parade has been set but Trump has said to favor a patriotic holiday like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.