Trump said he marveled at the French parade that he saw with Macron on France's 14 July national holiday. "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".
The publication refers to the words of the US President, expressed during his meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in NY.
"It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue", Trump told Macron.
"So we are thinking of holding a really big parade on July 4, on Pennsylvania Boulevard, to show our military strength", Trump added. "We will try to surpass the French". Trump was the VIP guest on the French president's viewing stand for a parade of French military troops and equipment.
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.
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"Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country", Trump said in the January interview.
Defense Department officials reportedly denied a request from Trump's transition team to include heavy military vehicles in his inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House.
The US does not have a history of major military parades marching through its cities, except to celebrate wartime victories.
It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that President Trump would be so keen on organizing such parades, as he's seen both fascinated by America's military might and eager to prove America's greatness in the least-subtle ways possible. 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.
Trump said he was so impressed by the military parade in France that he would like to recreate it in Washington.