President Trump on Monday told French President Emmanuel Macron that he is considering holding a military parade in Washington, D.C., on Independence Day after watching the Bastille Day celebrations on a recent trip to France.
During a New York trip to the United Nations, Trump marveled at the “military might” on display in Paris for Bastille Day and said seeing the parade inspired him to do something similar in the U.S.
“Because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania [Avenue],” Trump said. “We’re thinking … of having a really great parade, to show our military strength.”
“[It’s] more than we’ve ever spent on the military, which is good news for you, because we’re friends,” Trump told Macron.
According to The Hill:
The Washington Post reported in July that Trump “eagerly” watched the Bastille Day parade, standing and applauding soldiers as they marched past the viewing area where he watched with Macron, his wife, and first lady Melania Trump.
Trump previously expressed an interest in including military vehicles in his inaugural parade.
The Huffington Post reported in March that Trump expressed an interest in including military vehicles in his inaugural parade.
Emails were exchanged between the Presidential Inaugural Committee and Pentagon officials asking for photographs of “military tactical vehicles” that could be used for the parade.
Pentagon officials pushed back on the idea and Trump inauguration officials ultimately scrapped the plan.
“They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” an inauguration team source told The Huffington Post.
Trump: “We’re actually thinking about, 4th of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength.” pic.twitter.com/sowDJdNvaY
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