Trump Wants Massive Military Parade in DC on July 4

Trump Wants Massive Military Parade in DC on July 4

Trump was Macron's guest at this year's Bastille Day celebration.

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

Brian Hook, director of policy planning for the State Department, who sat in on the meeting, said Trump told Macron that the Bastille Day parade was very inspiring.

"Because of what I witnessed, we might do something like that in Washington on July 4 down Pennsylvania Avenue", he added, prompting guffaws from his French counterpart and the world's press. The leaders were meeting in NY ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

Trump had previously expressed an interest in including military vehicles in his inaugural parade.

Before the inauguration, Trump officials inquired with the Pentagon about having armored vehicles participate in his inauguration parade, according to documents obtained by HuffPost.

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In typical Trump fashion, the president said he wants the parade to be bigger and better than the one he saw in France. I don't know, we're going to have to try to top it, but we had a lot of planes going over.

The president, who has recruited three current and retired generals for his senior leadership team, also noted that the USA spends $700 billion on the military.

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

Paris is trying to set up an worldwide contact group on Syria to revive stalled peace talks in Geneva, but the United States has adopted a staunchly anti-Iran stance since President Donald Trump took power, complicating peace talks between major powers. The last time the U.S. had a major parade for its military was in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces.

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. "As you said, France has a historic relation with the Kurdish nation, in particular in Iraq", Macron said.

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