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WASH­ING­TON Don­ald Trump has asked the Pen­tagon to or­ga­nize a large-scale mil­i­tary pa­rade in Wash­ing­ton in a move crit­i­cized as ev­i­dence of creep­ing au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism.

Democrats ques­tioned the sym­bol­ism of such a pa­rade, sug­gest­ing the events were a relic of a by­gone era, as well as the po­ten­tial cost.

Jim McGovern, a Demo­cratic con­gress­man, called the plans an “ab­surd waste of money,” adding: “Trump acts more like dic­ta­tor than pres­i­dent. Amer­i­cans de­serve bet­ter.”

Sev­eral re­tired mil­i­tary per­son­nel have said the money would be bet­ter spent im­prov­ing con­di­tions for veter­ans or rais­ing mil­i­tary wages. Paul Ea­ton, a re­tired gen­eral and se­nior ad­viser to VoteVets, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee for veter­ans, said: “Don­ald Trump has con­tin­u­ally shown him­self to have au­thor­i­tar­ian ten­den­cies, and this is just another wor­ri­some ex­am­ple.”

Trump, who has long toyed with the idea of a pa­rade that would show­case Amer­i­can mus­cle and un­der­score his role as com­man­derin-chief, made the re­quest to top Pen­tagon of­fi­cers.

The White House has con­firmed the plans, with Sarah San­ders, the press sec­re­tary, say­ing the event would be “a cel­e­bra­tion at which all Amer­i­cans can show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion” for the armed forces. Pen­tagon of­fi­cials are thought to want the event to fall on Veter­ans Day, Nov. 11. Lon­don Daily Tele­graph

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