Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Donald Trump considering military parade for Fourth of July

Donald Trump considering military parade for Fourth of July

U.S. President Donald Trump, offering more words of praise for French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said on Monday he was considering staging a July 4 U.S. military parade in Washington inspired by the one he saw as Macron's guest in Paris.

The last time the United States had any sort of military parade was in 1991.

The publication refers to the words of the US President, expressed during his meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in NY. Macron and Trump recognized the continuing strength of the U.S. -France alliance from World War I to today.

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"We're gonna have to try and top it.We're thinking about, Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength".

The comments prompted laughter from Macron and other officials sitting around them.

Hook, who attended the meeting, said Trump did not believe that the Paris agreement was "a framework to achieve those goals around clean energy, protecting the environment, and promoting economic growth", reports Xinhua news agency.

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The president's infatuation with military parades dates back to at least December, when emails obtained by the Huffington Post revealed that his team had explored - and ultimately rejected - the idea of including military vehicles in his inaugural parade. And he told The Washington Post in January that he hoped that during his tenure, USA military might would be on display. Hook said the president left Paris with a "lot of good examples".

The parade on Paris's Champs-Elysees will commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entering WWI and will feature horses, helicopters, planes and troops. But those patriotic processions typically involve marching bands and uniformed elements, not the grand display of military hardware that Trump envisions. That parade celebrated the end of the Gulf War - though it did have some critics.

On Monday, seated next to Macron, he boasted about the levels of us military spending so far in his term.

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On Monday, Le Maire and French budget minister Gerald Darmanin said that France's economic recovery was strong enough for the government to be able to cut spending and the deficit without growth being affected.

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