President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to see USA troops march through Washington in a grand display of military might modeled on France's Bastille Day parade, which the president attended this summer. According to him, the two-hour procession of soldiers and military equipment was "a great thing for France and its spirit", and said he wanted to hold such a parade for the American people.
Back in July, Donald Trump went to Paris.
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.
"We're spending this year 700 billion, more than we've ever spent, on the military, which is good news for you 'cause we're friends", Trump told Macron.
"So we're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength", Trump said. We're going to have to try and top it.
"It was one of the best parades I've ever seen", Trump said.
"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. But we had a lot of planes going over, and we had a lot of military might and it was really a lovely thing to see.
The annual parade commemorates the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison, a major turning point in the French Revolution.
Washington already holds quite a few parades, including some with military participation that are held on Memorial Day and July 4.
The Huffington Post reported in March that emails were exchanged between the Presidential Inaugural Committee and Pentagon officials asking for photographs of "military tactical vehicles" that could be used.
"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said then. Plenty of non-authoritarian states have military parades, including the United States in the past.
When asked Monday about the president's designs for a grand military parade on Independence Day, the White House told BuzzFeed News it had "nothing to add at this time".