Shep Smith: Give Trump 'little mini replicas' of tanks instead of parade

Fox News host Shep Smith on Wednesday mocked 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’s request for a military parade, saying he could instead be given plastic replicas of military equipment.

His comments came after Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that she’s heard from military officials that they have “more pressing and important issues on their plates, and planning a parade is not one of them.”

“He could go see the tanks at a military base if he wanted to,” Smith responded.

“Or they could give him replicas, little mini replicas. I mean, he wants to see what he has,” he added.

"You can get the little plastic ones and lay them out on the table and say ‘here you go.' "

The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Trump has asked military officials to explore holding a celebration for Americans to show their appreciation for the armed forces.

The White House confirmed a short time later that Trump directed the Department of Defense to look into creating such an event. 

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump eyes second Putin summit The Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Court rules against Trump administration on transgender military ban MORE said Wednesday the parade is a reflection of Trump’s “respect” and “fondness” for the military. He said the Pentagon is working on options for the event to present to Trump, but dodged when asked about its potential cost. 

Democrats and some Republicans have balked at the idea of a military parade, saying it mirrors events held in authoritarian countries and would be a drain on resources.

Other lawmakers have said they’d support a parade that focused on men and women in the armed forces, rather than a display of military might.