Now, Trump wants a big military parade. Like 'yuge'

Mark Hertling and John Kirby

Trump is said to have mused to advisers on the way home about his desire for a similar event to tout American military might in Washington, D.C.

Of France's celebrations, which Trump attended a year ago, he told reporters, "It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen".

Trump later called that parade "one of the greatest parades" he had ever seen.

"We are actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength", he said.

USA military members have, however, commonly participated in parades on July 4 and other holidays as a mark of appreciation of those veterans who have been killed or injured during conflicts.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump has asked the Department of Defense to "explore" the idea of a parade.

According to The Washington Post, which first reported that Trump asked top brass at the Pentagon for a military parade, the President was inspired by France's Bastille Day celebration.

France has a long tradition of military displays, with the Bastille Day parade taking place every year since 1880.

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also weighed in, tweeting, "My hope is this parade will not focus on military hardware, but on military service, sacrifice, and saying 'Thank You" to those who protect our nation".

Pentagon officials are pushing for the parade to be tied to Veterans Day, rather than Independence Day or Memorial Day, because it would appear to be less tied to Trump.

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A defence official told Post, "We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details". He said on November 9 during a meeting with President Xi Jinping: "The hosting of the military parade this morning was magnificent, and the world was watching".

"We're going to have to try to top it", he told reporters afterwards.

But the President found some support as well, mostly from his Republican corner.

Months earlier, media reports said that Trump had considered a military parade to mark his inauguration, but that idea was eventually scrapped. Mattis addressed the White House press corps on Wednesday about the importance of fully funding the military in the congressional budget, and was asked about the parade and whether he yet had a cost estimate.

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