Trump Wants to Hold a Military Parade for the Fourth of July
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 20, 2017,
Sep 20, 2017, 0:53
It would take place on July 4 in Washington with, as Trump envisions it, tanks and planes rolling down and streaking above Pennsylvania Avenue. The troops were accompanied by 241 horses, 63 airplanes, and 29 helicopters.
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. 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.
"Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country", Trump said in January. "We're thinking ... of having a really great parade, to show our military strength". 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. "We're spending this year $700 billion, more than we've ever spent on our military".
The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories. The parade cost $12 million, more than half of which came from federal funds.
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In the margins of the United Nations general assembly, the us president has welcomed Emmanuel Macron to his home in Paris, "one of the greatest days of my life".
It was one of the greatest parades I had ever seen. But Trump wasn't joking. "I don't know, we're gonna have to try to top it. To see this military power on the Champs-Élysées, it was really extraordinary!" began the president.
Washington already holds quite a few parades, including some with military participation that are held on Memorial Day and July 4. How it would be funded remains a mystery, as well.
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