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

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2017

As Trump met Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, the commander in chief gushed about seeing France's military might on display in the streets of Paris during his visit. Trump said the two-hour procession was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France" and suggested he wants the same for Americans.

Speaking to the press before a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the United Nations, Trump called the Bastille Day event "one of the greatest parades " he had ever seen. "These were two fantastic hours in which we saw military power and I think it was great for France and its spirit".

Donald Trump is a man who ran for president largely to boost his own ego, but even unexpectedly winning the position of the most powerful person in the world wasn't quite enough for him. And to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania.

"We're going to have to try and top it", Trump went on.

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"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 said he was impressed by the military parade in central Paris in July, when he was visiting the French capital. "I mean, we're going to be showing [off] our military".

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A Huffington Post report from March revealed that Trump's inaugural committee was "seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade".

The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories. Indeed, historically the U.S. has scorned the large military parades in nations like North Korea as signs of a childish nation obsessed with its own sense of military might.

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