US President Donald Trump said he wants to hold a military parade on the streets of Washington on the national holiday of the United States on July 4, according to the American Internet edition Talking Points Memo, quoted by Focus. Macron and Trump recognized the continuing strength of the U.S. -France alliance from World War I to today.
Macron tried to convince him to change his mind during Trump's July visit to Paris.
In remarks alongside Macron during a NY trip to the United Nations, Trump marveled at the "military might" on display in Paris for Bastille Day and said seeing the parade inspired him to do something similar in the US. "And people don't know what great warriors they are in France, but when you see that and you see all the victories, it was a tremendous thing".
Trump also noted that the USA spent over $700 billion on military spending this year.
"Because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania [Avenue]", Trump said. "And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".
France's parade was something special, as it was the 100th Bastille Day. "But I came back and one of my early calls were, 'I think we're gonna have to start looking at that ourselves, '" Trump said.
Emails obtained by The Huffington Post showed Trump's staff asked the Pentagon about including military tactical vehicles in his inaugural parade.
Despite spending more on their military than anyone else in the world, the USA has rarely indulged in high-profile public military parades, instead favoring civilian parades with limited military participation.
It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that President Trump would be so keen on organizing such parades, as he's seen both fascinated by America's military might and eager to prove America's greatness in the least-subtle ways possible.
Trump said he was so impressed by the military parade in France that he would like to recreate it in Washington.