Duckworth mocks Trump's military parade: Troops 'don't need a show of bravado'
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthSenate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Hillicon Valley: Facebook deletes accounts for political 'spam' | Leaked research shows Google's struggles with online free speech | Trump's praise for North Korea complicates cyber deterrence | Senators want Google memo on privacy bug Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients MORE (D-Ill.), a retired Army lieutenant colonel, hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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."

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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.