GOP Senator Knocks Trump’s Military Parade Idea: ‘Confidence is Silent, Insecurities are Loud’
Sen. John Kennedy was asked on Capitol Hill about President Donald Trump’s desire to throw a big military parade — and pithily advised against it.
The Louisiana Republican joins a growing number of lawmakers who have scoffed at Trump’s plan to throw a parade honoring the U.S. military, which he has instructed the Pentagon to begin planning.
“I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea,” Kennedy said. “Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.”
“America is the most powerful country in all of human history,” he continued. “Everybody knows it, and we don’t need to show it off. We’re not North Korea, we’re not Russia, we’re not China.”
“And I don’t want to be.”
The Democratic side of the aisle has been a touch more fiery in their rejections of Trump’s plan.
Sen. Dick Durbin called the idea “a fantastic waste of money to amuse the president,” and Sen. Tammy Duckworth — herself a veteran — said “our troops in danger overseas don’t need a show of bravado, they need steady leadership, long-term funding and resources so they can stay safe while protecting and defending our nation.”
At the White House press briefing on Wednesday, Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis said the plans for a big parade were “in the early discussion phases.”
He added that his team has been “putting together some options” for the parade.
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