"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. Another White House official "rejected the suggestion that some associate a military parade with strongmen, saying it would be a 'celebration of the men and women who give us freedom".
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump asked the Defense Department to "explore" the idea of a parade. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says this parade would just be a show of appreciation.
Trump apparently got the idea from the French, after attending the Bastille Day parade last summer in Paris.
Such shows of force are rare in the United States.
Trump has previously discussed his love of displaying military might.
"I have no desire to go to a Soviet hardware display. I think we would show our confidence by remaining silent and not doing something like that".
Beyer is particularly concerned that if the parade follows the same route as Trump's inaugural parade, as suggested, it could take heavy equipment over the deteriorating Memorial Bridge, which is now undergoing major repairs. Those countries include Russian Federation (and, formerly, the Soviet Union), China and North Korea.
Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, was more scathing.
California congresswoman Jackie Speier told CNN she was stunned by the parade announcement.
Manning said no decisions have been made about when, where or who would take part in the parade.
Donald Trump and French President Emanuel Macron at the Bastille Day parade.
"I swore an oath - in the military and in the Senate - to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of "Cadet Bone Spurs" and clap when he demands I clap". Since then, he has repeatedly wondered why the US does not regularly have a similar display; the last one was in 1991, after the first Gulf War.
And on a day that brought a wintry mix to the District, the D.C. Council jumped on the opportunity for a lighter poke at the parade.
The office of Mayor Muriel Bowser announced they would not cover any of the parade's costs.
The congressman issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon. "Permanently", the tweet said and featured a graphic of a "no tanks" symbol.