Trump Wants Massive Military Parade in DC on July 4

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"And I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", Trump reminded Macron on Monday.

Trump was blown away by what he experienced in Paris on July 14, when he joined French President Emmanuel Macron at the Place de la Concorde to watch thousands of French troops advance down the Champs-Elysées. It was two hours and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France...

The Pentagon might have vetoed Donald Trump's interest in parading USA military vehicles across the streets of Washington during his inauguration festivities.

"And to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said, as Macron broke into a laugh.

"I came back and one of my early calls were, I think we are going to have to start looking at that ourselves", Trump told Macron during a meeting in NY on September 18.

He pitched the idea to French President Emmanuel Macron, saying that he thought the Bastille Day parade was an impressive display of France's military.

"[It's] more than we've ever spent on the military, which is good news for you, because we're friends", Trump told Macron.

"We're going to have to try and top it", Trump continued, according to BuzzFeed News. He said he was impressed by the military parade in central Paris in July, when he was visiting the French capital.

Emails obtained by The Huffington Post showed Trump's staff asked the Pentagon about including military tactical vehicles in his inaugural parade.

France's parade was something special, as it was the 100th Bastille Day.

The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories. Plenty of non-authoritarian states have military parades, including the United States in the past.

It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that President Trump would be so keen on organizing such parades, as he's seen both fascinated by America's military might and eager to prove America's greatness in the least-subtle ways possible.

It is unclear whether or not Trump's July 4 military parade would be an annual event.



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