Grassley has doubts about Trump's military parade idea

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to members of the media in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 19, 2017. CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to members of the media in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 19, 2017. CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

President Donald Trump may want a military parade, but Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday he has doubts about it.

The president’s interest in a parade apparently was inspired by France’s celebration of Bastille Day, which he attended last year. Afterward, he told reporters the U.S. should try to top it. Last week, the White House confirmed that the president has asked the Department of Defense to explore what it called a celebration.

At a House hearing Wednesday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the cost of a parade would be between $10 million and $30 million.

On his weekly conference call with Iowa reporters, Grassley said he had reservations about the idea.

“I would have my doubts about doing it. I think most military parades would be connected with some major ending of a conflict the United States is in, and a kind of a celebration, rather than a showplace,” Grassley said.

The idea of a parade has drawn scorn from some Trump critics, who say they think it’s just a way to help himself politically or boost his ego.

Mulvaney said the cost of a parade would be determined by its length and scope. The president’s 2019 budget proposal did not include funding for the event, but Mulvaney said that was because it came in late.

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