Trump revives idea that Pentagon once nixed: Parading military gear in DC

Trump revives idea that Pentagon once nixed: Parading military gear in DC

Sitting next to French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump said, "We may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue".

"I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", he told Mr Macron when they met in NY yesterday.

"Because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania [Avenue]", Trump said.

Trump floated the French Bastille Day-inspired proposal as he spoke to reporters alongside President Emmanuel Macron ahead of a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel.

The parade on Paris's Champs-Elysees will commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entering WWI and will feature horses, helicopters, planes and troops. About 150 USA service members also took part in this year's parade to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I.

It makes me chuckle that Macron invited him to the Bastille Day parade in France thinking that nothing would impress an ostentatious alpha male quite like some military muscle-flexing, and he was totally right.

"We're going to have to try and top it", he said of the Bastille Day parade.

Defense Department officials reportedly denied a request from Trump's transition team to include heavy military vehicles in his inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House. Plenty of non-authoritarian states have military parades, including the United States in the past.

The U.S. capital has held large military displays to mark significant occasions, including victories in war, but rolling tanks and marching troops down Pennsylvania Avenue are not typically done on the U.S. Independence Day holiday. "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?" But it wasn't the first time Trump has talked about wanting a military parade in the streets of Washington.

"We'll see if we can do it this year, but we certainly will be beginning to do that", he said on Monday, adding that he had spoken to his chief of Staff, John F. Kelly, and others about getting the planning process underway.

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