President Donald Trump was so inspired by his visit to France earlier this year that he is now planning for the U.S. to have a “really great” military parade on July 4th to “show our military strength,” similar to France’s Bastille Day Parade in July, he said this week.
Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday and said the Bastille Day parade was “one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen.”
“I think it was a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France,” the President said. “People don’t know what great warriors they are in France, [and] when you see that, and you see all the victories, it was a tremendous thing.”
And because of the impact it had on him, Trump said: “We may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
“We’re going to have to try and top it [Bastille Day], but we had a lot of planes going over and we had a lot of military might,” he pointed out.
On Bastille Day, Trump said the parade was “really a beautiful thing to see,” adding that: “They had representatives from different wars, different uniforms. It was really so well done.”
Since the U.S. is spending this year $700 billion on its military, he thinks it, too, should be showcased.
“I think we’re really looking forward to doing that,” Trump said.
He has been speaking with those who would be involved in such a parade, and the U.S. “certainly will be beginning to do that,” Trump added.
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