Donald Trump is considering staging a U.S. military parade in Washington on the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday, inspired by the parade he saw on Bastille Day in Paris.
The most benign reason for a procession is the one Trump wants to emulate, marking a national holiday a la France's Bastille Day.
And according to December emails obtained by the Huffington Post, Trump's team had tried to produce a military parade for his inauguration, with Pentagon officials asking to see "some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade". It was two hours and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France...
"To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue", Trump said. I don't know, we're going to have to try to top it, but we had a lot of planes going over.
He noted that France's parade featured representatives from different wars and armed forces wearing different uniforms. "It was really well done", he said. "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.
The parade on Paris's Champs-Elysees will commemorate the centenary of the USA entering WWI and will feature horses, helicopters, planes and troops. The occasion also marked the 100th anniversary of the USA entrance into World War I.
Meeting France's President Emmanuel Macron on the fringes of the United Nations general assembly, Trump said he had asked his White House chief of staff, retired Marine Corps general John Kelly, to look into the possibility of holding such a display of USA military might.
France will cut its public deficit slightly more than previously expected this year and next thanks to better than forecast growth, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday. "Unclear. But he was very inspired by it", Hook told reporters at a briefing.
French aircraft fly over the Champs-Elysees during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris, July 14, 2017. But those patriotic processions typically involve marching bands and uniformed elements, not the grand display of military hardware that Trump envisions.