Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump considering military parade for Fourth of July

Donald Trump considering military parade for Fourth of July

When he wasn't busy hitting on French president Emmanuel Macron's wife, he took in the annual Bastille Day parade, which featured tanks and fighter jets and all sorts of other awesome military stuff.

"He's doing a terrific job in France", Trump said of Macron, adding: "He's respected by the French people and I can tell you he is respected by the people of the United States".

Trump was blown away by what he experienced in Paris on July 14, when he joined French President Emmanuel Macron at the Place de la Concorde to watch thousands of French troops advance down the Champs-Elysées.

But their relationship has since grown close, highlighted by Trump's visit to Paris in July where they held talks and watched a military parade to mark France's annual Bastille Day holiday and the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into World War One. "It was two hours on the button, and was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France".

"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 January. If he follows through he'll get hammered by critics for militarism, particularly by linking military power to the patriotic impulses felt on July 4th, but nationalists will love it. America is in many ways a declining power, albeit not militarily; frankly, we probably *have* reached the stage of imperial insecurity where rolling an ICBM down Pennsylvania Avenue is needed for a national ego boost.

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. "I don't know. We're gonna have to try and top it, but we had a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a attractive thing to see".

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.

"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said then. "Having a really great parade to show our military strength..."

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