Trump asks Pentagon for tanks at IDay parade to flex Americas military

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to marshal tanks and fighter jets to showcase America’s military might during the July 4th Independence Day parade, alarming many who feel that he is using the armed forces for his 2020 re-election bid. Unlike other countries, the annual celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4 is traditionally not marked by any military parade. Previous presidents have taken a low profile at independence commemorations. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The last time tanks and troops rolled through Washington was in June 1991, when 8,000 soldiers marched in the so-called ‘National Victory Celebration’ marking the end of the first US invasion of Iraq. “Big 4th of July in D.C. ‘Salute to America.’ The Pentagon and our great military leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced military anywhere in the world,” Trump said Tuesday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe White House and the Pentagon have been preparing this military parade for months now. Trump had expressed his desire to have a military parade on the occasion of Independence Day celebration soon after his inauguration in January 2017. According to the Department of Interior, this year’s annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall, will feature music, flyovers, fireworks, and an address by President Trump. “Salute to America will honor each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, multiple flyovers including a flight demonstration by the Blue Angels, and much more,” it said. However, several former military leaders and those from the opposition Democratic Party were critical of the display of American military might in a parade on July 4.last_img