Trump wants his own military parade after being wowed by France's

Aaron Brown
September 20, 2017

"I don't know. We're gonna have to try and top it, but we had a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a attractive thing to see".

The Washington Post reported in July that Trump "eagerly" watched the Bastille Day parade, standing and applauding soliders as they marched past the viewing area where he watched the parade with Macron, his wife and first lady Melania Trump.

But their relationship has since grown close, highlighted by Trump's visit to Paris in July where they held talks and watched a military parade to mark France's annual Bastille Day holiday and the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into World War One. About 150 US service members also took part in this year's parade to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I. "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.

French aircraft fly over the Champs-Elysees during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris, July 14, 2017.

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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It would take place on July 4 in Washington with, as Trump envisions it, tanks and planes rolling down and streaking above Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump said the two-hour procession was a "tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France" and suggested he wants the same for Americans.

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 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. But we had a lot of planes going over, and we had a lot of military might and it was really a handsome thing to see. You know, we're spending this year $700 billion - more than we've ever spent - on the military.

Trump had previously expressed an interest in including military vehicles in his inaugural parade. But the president appears determined to make it happen.

As they say, if you've got it, flaunt it.

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