Trump Wants To Hold A Military Parade In DC On July 4

French First Lady Brigitte Macron Takes a Walk along the Hudson River

President Donald Trump on Monday said he loved France's Bastille Day so much he might bring the idea of a military parade to America as part of a July 4th celebration.

This had been put right in July when Mr Trump visited Paris.

In remarks alongside Macron during a NY 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 US. "It was 2 hours on the button and was military might", Trump said, according to a pool report.

On Monday, Trump talked about the effect of the Paris deal for American workers, industries and the economy, said Brian Hook, director of policy at the US State Department. "I mean, we're going to be showing our military", he added.

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. "Having a really great parade to show our military strength and.we're spending this year $700 billion more than we've ever spent on our military, which is a good thing for you, because we're friends. OK?"




Washington already holds quite a few parades, including some with military participation that are held on Memorial Day and July 4.

"It was one of the greatest parades I have ever seen", Trump said. "That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue".

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.

And days before he took the oath of office, Trump told The Washington Post that "we're going to show the people as we build up our military we're going to display our military". Plenty of non-authoritarian states have military parades, including the United States in the past. But it wasn't the first time Trump has talked about wanting a military parade in the streets of Washington.

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