President Donald Trump said Monday that he is inspired by his visit to France's Bastille Day and wants to have a similar military parade in Washington, D.C. next July 4.
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Trump discussed his vision with French President Emmanuel Macron during a photo-op at the United Nations General Assembly in NY, saying the event in Paris, in which thousands of troops marched down the Champs-Élysées to mark a turning point in the French Revolution, "was one of the greatest parades I have ever seen".
The military parade was "I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France", Trump said Monday.
"[This] is good news for you 'cause we're friends", said Trump to the French president. 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.
"At Bastille Day, one of the greatest parades I've ever seen. We're spending this year $700 billion, more than we've ever spent on our military".
"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue", he said then.
A major military parade hasn't taken place in Washington since 1991, when, according to The New York Times, 80 pieces of military hardware, including amphibious assault vehicles and "at least one M1 tank", rumbled through the streets of the nation's capital in celebration of America's Gulf War victory. "We will try to surpass the French". Plenty of non-authoritarian states have military parades, including the United States in the past.
Trump had previously expressed an interest in including military vehicles in his inaugural parade.