Macron: France won't prevent 'democratic process' but seeks stable Iraq

A Huffington Post report from March revealed that Trump's inaugural committee was "seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade".

"To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue", Trump added.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to play a mediation role between Iran and the United States to ensure that Tehran was involved in finding a political solution in Syria.

Trump also noted that the USA spent over $700 billion on military spending this year.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he isn't about to quit trying to convince President Donald Trump to reverse himself on his decision to exit the climate accords - and thinks he will succeed. But those patriotic processions typically involve marching bands and uniformed elements, not the grand display of military hardware that Trump envisions. "[This] is good news for you 'cause we're friends", said Trump to the French president.

This would not be the first military parade the USA has held, but there has not been one in decades - not since 1991.

Washington already holds quite a few parades, including some with military participation that are held on Memorial Day and July 4. President Trump said he intends to speak with White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, and that his goal would be to "try to top" France with America's own parades. General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded USA forces in the war, led the parade.

On Monday, seated next to Macron, he boasted about the levels of US military spending so far in his term. "As you said, France has a historic relation with the Kurdish nation, in particular in Iraq", Macron said.

"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", the USA president said. "And I think we really, we're looking forward to doing that".

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment about plans to hold such a parade.

  • Joey Payne