DC Officials ‘Permanently’ Cancel Trump’s ‘Giant Tank Parade’

Washington, D.C., Council members took to Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday to mock President Donald Trump’s proposed military parade and to say the event was “permanently” canceled, though the Pentagon has confirmed that plans for the parade are in the works.

“The DC government will open on time today. DC Public Schools will open on time today. Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled (sic). Permanently,” the tweet said and featured a graphic of a “no tanks” symbol.

Council member Charles Allen also tweeted about the proposed parade, saying it would serve “to feed an insecure man’s fragile ego.”

Lawmakers have also criticized the parade for its cost.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called the idea a “fantastic waste of money” during an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday morning.

“Take the money that the president would like to spend on this parade [and] instead, let’s make sure our troops are ready for battle and survive it and come home to their families,” Durbin said.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) also spoke out about the cost of the parade on Twitter, saying it would cost millions of dollars.

“Let’s fix military housing, hire more VA doctors, fund telehealth, DOD schools, support the commissaries, daycare for families, or give more flight training time,” he tweeted, as suggestions of ways to spend the money instead.

Trump first suggested the idea of a military parade back in January.

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