Trump's Controversial Plans For Fourth Of July Revealed

Donald Trump has found some inspiration for next year's Fourth of July celebrations.

President Trump is once again calling for the U.S. armed forces to display their firepower with a military parade in the nation’s capital.

Roll Call noted that Trump’s transition team proposed such a spectacle for his inauguration ceremony in January, but Pentagon officials refused the request due to their concern that heavy military vehicles might damage streets in the nation’s capital. During Trump’s July visit to France, where he met with the country’s President Emmanuel Macron, he witnessed a Bastille Day military parade in Paris.

Trump expressed admiration for the French troops and equipment that passed by the viewing stand. “It was one of the greatest parades I have ever seen,” the president recalled. “It was two hours on the button and was military might. It was a tremendous thing for France and for the people of France. People don’t know what great warriors they are in France.”

Trump continued: “It was a tremendous thing, and to a large extent because of what I have seen, we may do that on July 4 down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. We’re going to have to try and top (the parade in France). It was really a beautiful thing to see. It was really so well done. We’re actually thinking about Fourth of July having a really great parade to show our military strength.”

The experience prompted the president to order retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, to start organizing a similar event in Washington, D.C., for Independence Day in 2018 or the following year.

In January, Trump told The Washington Post: “Being a great president has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is being a great cheerleader for the country. And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”

The Post reported that following Trump’s trip to France, at a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, he told Macron: “I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen. 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. To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue.” Macron and other French government officials laughed at the statement.

Polls indicate that the U.S. president has an extremely low favorability rating in France. That did not stop Macron from inviting him to the 100th anniversary of Bastille Day, the equivalent of the U.S. Independence Day. The French leader said he hoped to improve his country’s ties to the United States to address mutual concerns. Trump, who had been critical of France, voiced a similar desire.

Source: Roll Call, Washington Post
Photo: YouTube, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro/Wikimedia Commons

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