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"I say it's a fantastic waste of money to amuse the president", Durbin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Mattis' timid response stands in contrast to a Tuesday report from The Washington Post that the Pentagon is actively planning for a military parade after Trump said "I want a parade like the one in France" during a meeting with top Pentagon generals last month.

The Pentagon is working on plans for a military parade at the personal request of President Trump.

Reed and three other Democratic senators separately sent a letter Wednesday to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for more information on the proposed parade, including the estimated cost and how much time the Pentagon is spending planning it.

"President's Trump's desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base, rather than serve any legitimate objective or keep with any long-held American traditions", Del.

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"He has asked the Department of Defence to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation".

Trump reportedly got the idea for a military parade when he visited France for Bastille Day a year ago.

"We're all aware" in the USA of Trump's "respect" for the military, Mattis said at a White House briefing Wednesday, adding that the Pentagon plans to send proposals to the White House for a decision.

"I think we're all aware in this country of the president's affection and respect for the military".

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

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Reportedly, Trump was inspired to have this event after witnessing France's annual Bastille Day celebration. He was wowed last summer by a French military parade in Paris marking Bastille Day. Since then, he has repeatedly wondered why the USA does not regularly have a similar display; the last one was in 1991, after the first Gulf War.

Ted Lieu, a veteran of the Air Force, laid out potential alternatives for Trump to show he really supports the military, such as having coherent strategies for North Korea, Afghanistan and Syria.

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also weighed in, tweeting, "My hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military service, sacrifice, and saying 'Thank You" to those who protect our nation". "It was two hours on the button and it was military might", he said. "Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled".

"Surrounded by the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump's seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said".

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