Trump Wants to Hold a Military Parade for the Fourth of July

Police cross a check point outside the United Nations building before the arrival of President Donald Trump on Monday Sept. 18 2017 in New York
Trump considering holding DC military parade on July 4th

20 September, 2017

The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories.

Trump and Macron watched the traditional Bastille Day parade together in July during Trump's first visit in office to France. I don't know, we're going to have to try to top it, but we had a lot of planes going over. During the Cold War, the practice was avoided as it was feared that it would look like the US was mimicking the Soviet Union. "So we're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength".

In remarks during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the United Nations, Mr. Trump said he got the idea after watching the Bastille Day parade in Paris with Mr. Macron in July.

Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand on July 14 as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many USA -made planes, along the famed Champs-Elysees.

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Mr Trump admitted yesterday to President Macron of France that he had not appreciated "what great warriors" the homeland of Napoléon Bonaparte and Lafayette had produced.

And according to December emails obtained by the Huffington Post, Trump's team had tried to produce a military parade for his inauguration, with Pentagon officials asking to see "some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade". 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. "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?" The parade usually includes military vehicles and flyovers, and Trump was visibly happy during the event. But the president appears determined to make it happen.

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