D.C. Delegate Vows to 'Fight a Shutdown of Our City' with 'Trumpโ€™s Desire to Brag' Parade

President Trump watches the Bastille Day military parade with French President Emmanuel Macron on the Champs Elysees in Paris on July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON -- The D.C. delegate to Congress vowed that the District would "fight a shutdown" that President Trump's desired military parade would inflict on the city, adding that all federal and no local funds would have to cover the cost.

After attending the last Bastille Day parade in Paris back in July, Trump said that "to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue."

In November, Trump likewise praised a military parade he witnessed in China.

"The hosting of the military parade this morning was magnificent, and the world was watching. I've already had people calling from all parts of the world. They were all watching. Nothing you can see is so beautiful," he said of the communist nation's show of strength.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Trump "is incredibly supportive of Americaโ€™s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe" and "has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation."

Defense officials have indicated that planning is underway, including possible dates that could include Veterans Day in November.

โ€œPresidentโ€™s Trumpโ€™s desire to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a military parade in the style of authoritarian leaders he admires would feed his ego and perhaps his base, rather than serve any legitimate purpose or keep with any long-held American traditions," Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) said today. "While the District of Columbia, as the nationโ€™s capital, is proud to host grand federal celebrations, such as the inauguration, we will fight a shutdown of our city that simply assuages Trumpโ€™s desire to brag and boast in a series of tweets."

"No one on Earth doubts that the American military is the most powerful in the world," Norton added. "Unlike less powerful nations, the United States has no need to show off by strutting our soldiers and equipment to prove our strength and leadership. Instead of wasting precious taxpayer resources, the way to show our service members and veterans that we appreciate their service is to use the military parade money to fund their health care and other services they need now.โ€

D.C.'s Council trolled the parade story with a morning tweet on freezing rain slicking local roads:


The official council account followed up later with, "Speaking of coffee, maybe Iโ€™ll have a French roast. Some French things are worth imitating."

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's office said of Trump's parade wish: "We do know that just like the wall, he will have to pay for it."

Democrats in Congress were also sounding off about the murky parade plans, with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) comparing it to a Soviet May Day parade -- "not an image that we much associate with the United States of America."