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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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.”