Donald Trump considering military parade for Fourth of July

Violet Powell
September 21, 2017

In remarks prior to a meeting this week with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York City, President Donald Trump continued to speak very highly of this year's Bastille Day festivities in Paris, particularly the military parade.

President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and French President Emmanuel Macron are among the 36 leaders to address the United Nations' General Assembly today.

On Monday, Trump talked about the effect of the Paris deal for American workers, industries and the economy, said Brian Hook, director of policy at the US State Department.

He also warned that Mr Trump's threats to exit the Iran nuclear accord would make the world more risky, and said brandishing military threats against North Korea was "impetuous" and counter-productive.

Just two hours later, Macron stood at the same podium. Nevertheless, I support a military parade for two reasons. But we had a lot of planes going over, we had a lot of military might.

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Macron urged world leaders to join together to confront global challenges, including war, terrorism, immigration and climate change. And he said that his goal would be to "try to top" what France did.

This is not the first time Trump has said he wanted to hold a military parade - he wanted his inauguration to include one as well. In his speech and a subsequent news conference, Macron said he respects Trump's decision but thinks it's a mistake and will continue trying to persuade the American to reconsider. About 150 USA service members also took part in this year's parade to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I.

He told leaders that the United States seeks harmony and friendship, not strife, but he warned that America "can no longer be taken advantage of". In many ways, he aspires to be a leader like the one in North Korea.

"Frankly, I don't think you've heard the last of it", the US President added. Hook said the president left Paris with a "lot of good examples".

Trump said that the world could not let a "murderous regime" continue to destabilise the Middle East while also "building risky missiles" and that the U.S. "cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear programme".

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