WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing ahead with the idea of throwing a grand parade to honor U.S. armed forces, brushing aside Democratic criticism.
In response to Sen. Dick Durbin's comment that such a parade would be a "fantastic waste of money," White House legislative director Marc Short tells MSNBC: "I'm not sure honoring the military is a waste of money."
Short says it's too early to know how much the parade would cost.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump's request for a parade on Tuesday. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.
A Pentagon spokesman, Charlie Summers, says Pentagon officials are aware of the request and are "looking at options."