20 September, 2017
Speaking alongside French President Emmanuel Macron during a joint press conference at the United Nations in New York, Trump said the idea was inspired by France's festivities he witnessed during a state visit to Paris in July. Trump hoped to have military vehicles in his Inauguration Day parade, but this plan never came to fruition.
Donald Trump explained his idea as he sat down for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.
"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump said Monday. "Having a really great parade to show our military strength..."
On Monday, Trump talked about the outcome of the Paris deal for American workers, industries and the economy, said Brian Hook, director of policy at the US State Department. He added that he thinks the parade was good for the "spirit of France", and wants to do the same thing in Washington D.C. on the Fourth of July. Now, he says he wants the U.S. military to "come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue" and suggested there would be major shows in both DC and New York City. And he told The Washington Post in January that he hoped that during his tenure, USA military might would be on display.More news: Hurricane Jose weakens a little as it turns east in Atlantic
French President Emmanuel Macron says he isn't about to quit trying to convince President Donald Trump to reverse himself on his decision to exit the climate accords - and thinks he will succeed. The military said no for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which was the logistics of pulling it off, plus the tanks Trump wanted to include are too heavy for Washington's streets and would have chewed them up into tiny cinders. 'We're going to have to try and top it'.
He added that he already has discussed the idea with White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired army general.
This would not be the first military parade the USA has held, but there has not been one in D.C.in decades - not since 1991. General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded US forces in the war, led the parade.
"We're looking forward to doing that", he said of holding the potential military parade.