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Shep Smith: Give Trump 'little mini replicas' of tanks instead of parade

Fox News host Shep Smith on Wednesday mocked 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’s request for a military parade, saying he could instead be given plastic replicas of military equipment.

His comments came after Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that she’s heard from military officials that they have “more pressing and important issues on their plates, and planning a parade is not one of them.”

“He could go see the tanks at a military base if he wanted to,” Smith responded.

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“Or they could give him replicas, little mini replicas. I mean, he wants to see what he has,” he added.

"You can get the little plastic ones and lay them out on the table and say ‘here you go.' "

The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Trump has asked military officials to explore holding a celebration for Americans to show their appreciation for the armed forces.

The White House confirmed a short time later that Trump directed the Department of Defense to look into creating such an event. 

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump shifts tone on Saudis | New pressure from lawmakers | Trump: 'Certainly looks' like Khashoggi dead | Pompeo gives Saudis days to wrap up investigation | Trump threatens military action on border to stop migrants Pentagon: We have not been asked to move troops to the border Mexico will ask UN for help handling refugee applications MORE said Wednesday the parade is a reflection of Trump’s “respect” and “fondness” for the military. He said the Pentagon is working on options for the event to present to Trump, but dodged when asked about its potential cost. 

Democrats and some Republicans have balked at the idea of a military parade, saying it mirrors events held in authoritarian countries and would be a drain on resources.

Other lawmakers have said they’d support a parade that focused on men and women in the armed forces, rather than a display of military might.