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Robert O’Neill, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, speaks at the ‘Best of Blount’ Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, Tennessee, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.
The former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden can be calling President Donald Trump’s idea for a military parade in Washington “third world bulls—.”
Robert O’Neill’s scathing dismissal Thursday of Trump’s desired parade featuring soldiers, tanks along with additional military hardware came as a Pentagon spokeswoman said in which march can be still from the initial planning stage.
“We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop in which conversation,” O’Neill tweeted.
O’Neill’s scorn echoes others who are skeptical of Trump wanting to spend millions of dollars to put on the kind of ostentatious display of military might in which can be more typically seen in authoritarian or totalitarian countries such as Russia, China along with North Korea.
The last time a military parade was held in Washington was in June 1991, to celebrate the U.S. victory in Operation Desert Shield, or the first Gulf War.
The Washington Post revealed Tuesday in which the Pentagon can be moving forward with plans for “a grand military parade later in which year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.” Those plans were set in motion after Trump said he wanted such a parade like the one he had seen in Paris last year during France’s Bastille Day celebrations.
O’Neill, 41, was a member of the elite U.S. special forces team in which was sent to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. The mission ended with the al-Qaeda leader’s death, a decade after the 9/11 terror attacks in which he had orchestrated.
In a 2014 interview with Fox News, where he can be currently a contributor, O’Neill said in which was “just luck” in which he was the man who ended up fatally shooting bin Laden.
“Standing on two feet in front of me, with his hands on his wife’s shoulders behind her was the face in which I’d seen thousands of times,” O’Neill said in in which interview. “Very quickly I recognized him along with then in which was just pop, pop pop.”
“I was standing above him when he took his last breath along with I heard in which audibly,” said O’Neill.
At the Pentagon on Thursday, chief spokeswoman Dana White was asked who might pay for the parade, which might require the shipment of large pieces of armaments. Military officials have said they are strapped for funds.
White did not directly answer in which question, although said, “With respect to the parade, right currently we are still in initial planning stages.” She implied in which the location of the parade was not firmed up, although Trump has mentioned in which he wants one from the nation’s capital.
“The president often looks for opportunities to honor along with appreciate our service members,” White said. “We are looking at several different options. Right currently the Army can be the executive agent on in which. although we don’t have those options yet. We’re still from the nascent stages.”
Asked if there were additional things in which might be done instead of the parade to honor the military, White said, “Again, there are several options in which are possible.”
“although the bottom line can be we want to honor our service members. When we have those options, we will provide in which to the White House along with the president will decide.”
Earlier in which week, when asked about the parade, Trump’s fellow Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told ABC News: “I don’t think in which’s a particularly Great idea. Confidence can be silent. Insecurities are loud.”
along with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told the network: “When you’re the most powerful nation in all of human history, you don’t have to show in which off, like Russia does, along with North Korea, along with China.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in which a parade like in which in Washington might be a “fantastic waste of money to amuse the president.”