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Former Army officer: ‘Thank God’ Trump’s military parade was postponed

Former Army officer Michael Breen said on Friday that he’s relieved the Pentagon is postponing President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE’s military parade that was originally scheduled for Veterans Day.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning announced Thursday that the Defense Department and White House cancelled the parade on Nov. 10, and said they agreed to explore potential dates for the parade in 2019.

“Thank God,” Been, president and CEO of the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project, which advocates for smart national security solutions, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball when asked about the cancellation of the parade.

He added that it was “expensive” and “divisive.”

“I used to wear the uniform, nobody likes marching around — we’ve been in Afghanistan for seventeen years now, we’re fighting multiple wars around the world,” said Breen, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army officer before taking on his new roles.

The national security expert also pointed out that a majority of Americans were not in support of having the parade, and argued the president knew this and “used it as a wedge issue” to divide the American public.

Sixty-one percent of American voters opposed Trump’s request for a military parade, compared to 26 percent of Americans that said they support the idea.

 — Tess Bonn