Pentagon says 'no tanks' to Trump's request for Washington military parade

Trump getting Washington military parade _ but no tanks

The Pentagon appears ready to fulfill President Donald Trump's dream of carrying out a military parade in Washington D.C., according to a guidance memo from the Office of the Secretary of Defense obtained by NBC News on Friday.

It will, however, involve "a heavy air component" with military aircraft flying overhead at the end of parade, including older aircraft "as available", the memo said.

President Donald Trump and his wife First Lady Melania Trump, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the annual Bastille Day military parade in 2017.

The Pentagon memo was issued on Thursday and sent to Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlining the initial guidance of how Trump's desired parade, scheduled for November 11, will look, according to CNN.

The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

The parade will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations", the memo says.

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"We'll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can't, we won't do it".

As planning continues, the memo gave no more details on the type of weaponry to be featured in the parade.

Trump ordered the celebration last month after he was enthralled by the pomp and circumstance of Bastille Day on a visit to France. And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.

The memo was sent Thursday to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CNN reported.

His original vision for the parade, in which soldiers would march down boulevards alongside tanks, was expected to cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said last month.

Medal of Honour recipients and veterans' organisations are to be included in the march, which, according to the memo, will feature a heavy dose of history.

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