But most Americans will eat it up.
When Mr Trump met with the French President Emmanuel Macron in September, the commander-in-chief gushed about seeing France's military might on display in the streets when he watched the Bastille Day parade with his French counterpart in July. It all started after the US President visited Paris previous year on July 14 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to celebrate Bastille Day.
Social media also lit up well into the night with comments on both sides.
"President's Trump'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", Norton said in a statement, "rather than serve any legitimate objective or keep with any long-held American traditions". "Not with a parade for the President".
Pentagon officials tell CBN News the US Army has been tapped to lead the planning, adding that the goal is to tie the parade to a significant, historical event.
"We'll send them up to the White House for a decision", Mattis said as reporters peppered him with questions at the White House.
A military vehicle on the streets of Paris during the Bastille Day parade
WHITEHOUSE: "Like I said, I don't think it's a good look for our country. If you remove the politics, what's the harm?"
Congressional Democrats are raising concerns about the possible military spectacle, a date for which, White House officials say, has yet to be solidified.
Gold Star father Steven Sammis of Rehoboth, whose son Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis was killed in Iraq in 2003, said, "I will support anything that honors the sacrifices of our armed forces". "Permanently." But officials admit that if the White House wants to go ahead, the city can not stop it. They are extremely intelligent.
The Pentagon is already in the initial planning stages for a military parade to satisfy a request from President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed Wednesday.
Critics have objected to the event's cost, likely to be in the millions.
It has always been conventional wisdom that the US does not need to boast of its military strength because it already is recognized as the leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and a model of military professionalism that countries across the globe seek to emulate. In June 1991, after the Gulf War, as Americans gave veterans of Operation Desert Storm a triumphant welcome home.
When Trump first suggested the idea to top aides aboard Air Force One after the parade, staff debated the best time of year to have it, and noted the tanks in Paris had chewed up the city's pavement, throwing up chunks of concrete as they moved. Then-President George H.W. Bush declared it a "great day".