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

Lucy Bush
September 20, 2017

The Pentagon might have vetoed Donald Trump's interest in parading USA military vehicles across the streets of Washington during his inauguration festivities. "I mean, we're going to be showing [off] our military".

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.

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Macron rode in the Bastille Day parade standing upright in an open-top military command vehicle, surrounded by hundreds of military guards on horseback.

On Monday, Trump talked about the effect of the Paris deal for American workers, industries and the economy, said Brian Hook, director of policy at the US State Department. "It was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France".

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"I'd love to do a fashion show, a bit like the 14th of July, in Washington on July 4, the day of the american holiday, on the Pennsylvania avenue".

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He said that the spending $700 billion more than ever before on its military, likely alluding to a $700 billion defense policy bill in the Senate, and quipped that it's a boon for France "because we're friends". We're gonna have to try and top [Bastille Day parade]... That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades.

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". Many parades in Washington include military elements, though they are usually limited to companies of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines marching on foot or riding on horseback. The last time the USA had a major parade for its military was in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces.

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