Trump Wants a July 4th Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue

By Susan Jones | September 19, 2017 | 5:57 AM EDT

President Donald Trump joins French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to review the Bastille Day military parade on July 14, 2017. (White House photo)

( - “France is a great country, it's a beautiful country,” President Donald Trump told President Emmanuel Macron of France when they met in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Trump praised the dinner the two leaders had on top of the Eiffel Tower, and he also mentioned being Macron’s guest at France’s Bastille Day parade – “one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” Trump said, adding that he wants a military parade in Washington:

It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. And people don't know what great warriors they are in France, but when you see that and you see all the victories, it was a tremendous thing.

And to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue. (Laughter.)

I don't know. We're going to have to try and top it. But we had a lot of planes going over and we had a lot of military might, and it was really a beautiful thing to see. They had representatives from different wars and different uniforms. It was really so well done.

But I came back, and one of my early calls were, I think we're going to have to start looking at that ourselves. So we're actually thinking about 4th of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength.

You know, we're spending this year $700 billion -- more than we've ever spent on the military -- which is a good thing for you because we're friends. Okay?

And I think we're looking forward to doing that. I'm speaking with General Kelly and with all of the people involved, and we'll see if we can do it this year. But we certainly will be beginning to do that.

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