The late Navy SEAL who claims to have killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is trade President Donald Trump’s idea for a military parade in Washington “third society bulls—.”
Robert O’Neill’s scathing dismissal Thursday of Trump’s die for parade featuring soldiers, tanks and other military hardware be awarded pounce oned as a Pentagon spokeswoman said that march is still in the initial devising stage.
“We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation,” O’Neill tweeted.
O’Neill’s contemptuousness echoes others who are skeptical of Trump wanting to spend millions of dollars to put on the approachable of ostentatious display of military might that is more typically lasted in authoritarian or totalitarian countries such as Russia, China and North Korea.
The final time a military parade was held in Washington was in June 1991, to rejoice in the U.S. victory in Operation Desert Shield, or the first Gulf War.
The Washington Locate revealed Tuesday that the Pentagon is moving forward with map outs for “a grand military parade later this year showcasing the effectiveness of America’s armed forces.” Those plans were set in motion after Trump suggested he wanted such a parade like the one he had seen in Paris last year during France’s Bastille Day observances.
O’Neill, 41, was a member of the elite U.S. special forces team that was sent to bin Laden’s multifaceted in Pakistan in 2011. The mission ended with the al-Qaeda leader’s demise, a decade after the 9/11 terror attacks that he had orchestrated.
In a 2014 appraisal with Fox News, where he is now a contributor, O’Neill said it was “just fortuity” that he was the man who ended up fatally shooting bin Laden.
“Standing on two feet in cover of me, with his hands on his wife’s shoulders behind her was the face that I’d observed thousands of times,” O’Neill said in that interview. “Very shortly I recognized him and then it was just pop, pop pop.”
“I was standing above him when he took his at the rear breath and I heard it audibly,” said O’Neill.
At the Pentagon on Thursday, chief spokeswoman Dana Light-skinned was asked who would pay for the parade, which would require the shipment of gargantuan pieces of armaments. Military officials have said they are strapped for pools.
White did not directly answer that question, but said, “With reverence to the parade, right now we are still in initial planning stages.” She implied that the tracking down of the parade was not firmed up, although Trump has mentioned that he wants one in the political entity’s capital.
“The president often looks for opportunities to honor and appreciate our amenities members,” White said. “We are looking at several different options. Right now the Army is the management agent on it. But we don’t have those options yet. We’re still in the nascent stages.”
Seek fromed if there were other things that might be done rather than of the parade to honor the military, White said, “Again, there are very many options that are possible.”
“But the bottom line is we want to honor our usefulness members. When we have those options, we will provide that to the Stainless House and the president will decide.”
Earlier this week, when bid about the parade, Trump’s fellow Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina blow the whistle oned ABC News: “I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea. Confidence is silent. Insecurities are booming.”
And Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told the network: “When you’re the most energetic nation in all of human history, you don’t have to show it off, like Russia does, and North Korea, and China.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told that a parade like that in Washington would be a “fantastic debris of money to amuse the president.”