Trump considering holding DC military parade on July 4th

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he continued to talk to United States leader Donald Trump about re-entering the Paris climate pact but that there was no scope for a renegotiation of the existing terms.

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.

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 military parade was "I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", Trump said Monday. "And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".

Trump was very open to considering a number of different options as long as they were fair to America's interests, which include promoting the economy and protecting the environment, the official said. "It was really so well done", he said. "So we're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength". During the Cold War, the practice was avoided as it was feared that it would look like the USA was mimicking the Soviet Union.


Trump said he has discussed the parade idea with his chief of staff, John Kelly, a retired Marine general.

The Pentagon might have vetoed Donald Trump's interest in parading USA military vehicles across the streets of Washington during his inauguration festivities.

Trump visited France earlier this year during Bastille Day, a July 14 holiday marking the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789.

In his own way, the American president said he wanted his parade to be bigger and better than he had seen in France. Trump was the VIP guest on the French president's viewing stand for a parade of French military troops and equipment. But those patriotic processions typically involve marching bands and uniformed elements, not the grand display of military hardware that Trump envisions.


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