Trump aide hits media for questioning military parade

Trump aide hits media for questioning military parade
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An aide to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE early Wednesday criticized the media for questioning the president's request for a military parade.  

“I’m not sure why the media doesn’t want to have a parade for the military,” Marc Short, the White House's director of legislative affairs, told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson.

“This is not about a dictatorship; this is about the president wanting to honor the military,” Short added.

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Trump’s interest in a military parade was reportedly sparked by the Bastille Day celebration he witnessed during a trip to France last summer.

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and the Pentagon are involved in planning the parade, according to news outlets. And although Trump originally signaled that he wanted to schedule the parade for Independence Day, the Pentagon is reportedly pushing for it to be held on Veterans Day.

Short said on Wednesday that plans for the parade have not advanced far enough to know its cost.

When Jackson mentioned that Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Durbin: Trump pressuring acting AG in Cohen probe is 'no surprise' MORE (D-Ill.) had said such a parade would be a fantastic waste of money, Short replied, “I’m not sure honoring our military is a waste of money.”