Who loves a parade? Trump wants to showcase military might

Who loves a parade? Trump wants to showcase military might

Who loves a parade? Trump wants to showcase military might

President Donald Trump said that he is considering holding a Fourth of July parade on Pennsylvania Avenue - or in front of the White House - showcasing America's "military strength". Between this and his impressive handshake mindgames, Macron seems to think he has Trump all figured out.

Trump celebrated the 100th anniversary of USA entry into World War I on Bastille Day in Paris in July, watching thousands of French and American troops march down the Champs-Élysées during the two-hour parade, which included armored personnel carriers, tanks, missile launchers and dozens of military planes and helicopters. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might and, I think, a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France".

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.

"I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen".

It makes me chuckle that Macron invited him to the Bastille Day parade in France thinking that nothing would impress an ostentatious alpha male quite like some military muscle-flexing, and he was totally right.

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Washington already holds quite a few parades, including some with military participation that are held on Memorial Day and July 4.

Emails obtained by The Huffington Post showed Trump's staff asked the Pentagon about including military tactical vehicles in his inaugural parade.

"We're going to have to try and top it", Trump went on.

The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories.

Trump, who has professed an admiration for strongmen and autocratic leaders, has apparently been vying for a chance to show off the military he now commands. Indeed, historically the U.S. has scorned the large military parades in nations like North Korea as signs of a childish nation obsessed with its own sense of military might.

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