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

French President Emmanuel Macron centre speaks on the phone Credit Stephane de Sakutin  pool

"We're actually thinking about Fourth of July having a really great parade to show our military strength".

President Trump's trip to France for the country's Bastille Day parade in July left a big impression.

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

French President Emmanuel Macron said they would never prevent any "democratic process" when asked about the Kurdistan independence referendum to be held on September 25, but stressed the need to keep Iraq stable.

It was one of the greatest parades I have ever seen. 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. "And we're going to show the people as we build up our military, we're going to display our military".

"Because of what I witnessed, we might do something like that in Washington on July 4 down Pennsylvania Avenue", he added, prompting guffaws from his French counterpart and the world's press. During the parade, he could be seen gesticulating and whispering to Mr. Macron at the elaborate display of tanks, soldiers on horseback and military jets flying overhead.

Trump also noted that the US spent over $700 billion on military spending this year. He continued on to say that he's speaking with his chief of staff John Kelly to see how to make it happen.

The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories. But it wasn't the first time Trump has talked about wanting a military parade in the streets of Washington.

The president, who was surrounded by several generals in his administration has always had a fascination for the thing-martial, even if he himself has escaped the military service. "I mean, we're going to be showing our military", he added.

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