"We're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength", Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron before a bilateral meeting as part of a series of United Nations events this week.
The Pentagon might have vetoed Donald Trump's interest in parading USA military vehicles across the streets of Washington during his inauguration festivities.
U.S. president considering 'really great parade to show our military strength'.
French President Emmanuel Macron said they would never prevent any "democratic process" when asked about the Kurdistan independence referendum to be held on September 25, but stressed the need to keep Iraq stable.
Macron told Trump "our people" were proud to have him and First Lady Melania Trump visit on Bastille Day. "It was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France".
"Mostly because of what I've witnessed, I'm thinking about doing something like this on July 4 in Washington, Pennsylvania Avenue", the United States president said.More news: Why the United States government is moving to ban this Russian software company
Macron said ahead of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that "I deplore the American decision, but I continue to dialogue with President Trump because I'm convinced that in the end he will understand that his interest, the interest of Americans, is in the Paris Accord". The US president was insistent, however, saying that he was so impressed by the military might on display in Paris, that the US was going to have a parade of its own.
During a January interview with The Washington Post, President-elect Trump spoke of a desire to use such a parade "to display our military".
In typical Trump fashion, the president said he wants the parade to be bigger and better than the one he saw in France.
"That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue". He continued on to say that he's speaking with his chief of staff John Kelly to see how to make it happen.
This would not be the first military parade the US has held, but there has not been one in D.C.in decades - not since 1991.
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. General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded USA forces in the war, led the parade.