Duckworth mocks Trump's military parade: Troops 'don't need a show of bravado'
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthLawmakers press Trump admin for list of migrant kids separated from families The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near Ocasio-Cortez responds to Dem senator who said policies 'too far to the left' don't win in Midwest MORE (D-Ill.), a retired Army lieutenant colonel, hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE on Wednesday for requesting a significant military parade, saying that U.S. troops overseas don't need a "show of bravado" to keep them safe. 

Trump has asked the Pentagon to hold a parade celebrating America's military, a directive that comes after he witnessed a Bastille Day parade in France last summer. Trump told top defense officials he wants "a parade like the one in France," The Washington Post reported this week.

"This parade would not only waste millions of taxpayer dollars, it would also cost our military precious time and resources," Duckworth said in a statement. "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."


Duckworth, who lost both her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit a helicopter she was piloting in Iraq in 2004, has frequently attacked Trump for his stances on the military and his several draft deferments during the Vietnam War. 

The senator blasted Trump's "sickening" move over the summer to ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces, telling him that when she was "bleeding to death" during the crash that it didn't matter who saved her life. 

And on Monday, Duckworth hit back at Trump for calling Democrats "treasonous" for not applauding his achievements during his State of the Union address.