Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE says President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE's request for a military parade "undercuts everything about [U.S.] power."

In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, Biden said the president's request for a military parade isn't needed to display the United States's power. 

"If he means rolling missiles down Pennsylvania Avenue, I think it undercuts everything about our power," Biden said. "We don't have to display our power, our physical power. God Almighty! The most powerful nation in the history of the world. I don't know what it is with him."  


The president has reportedly asked top Pentagon officials to begin organizing a grand military parade in celebration of the armed forces, after he was inspired by the Bastille Day parade in France during a July visit to the country. 

The Pentagon is reportedly eyeing holding the parade on Veterans Day, which this year coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisIs coronavirus the final Trump crisis? Pentagon seeks to reconsider parts of B cloud contract given to Microsoft over Amazon Democrats press FEC pick to recuse himself from Trump matters MORE said Wednesday during a White House press briefing that the Pentagon has started considering options for a parade and will send them to the White House for a decision at a later date.

Biden, who has long been rumored as a potential 2020 challenger to Trump, called the president "a joke" this week for his controversial remarks calling Democrats who didn't applaud his State of the Union address "treasonous."