Trump Orders Washington Military Parade Similar to Bastille Day Event

Donald Trump has ordered White House officials and the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington similar to the Bastille Day parade he saw while in Paris in July.

The U.S. President said wanted a parade that would see soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the streets of Washington , according to The Washington Post who first reported the plan.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official told The Post, who spoke on condition of anonymity about a Pentagon meeting on January 18 that included Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford.

“This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

The White House issued a statement after the story was published that confirmed the request.

It said Mr Trump had “asked the Department of Defence to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”

Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said they were “looking at options”.

A date has not been set for the event.

Mr Trump’s request came after being impressed by a parade in Paris to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.

The parade involved tanks, armoured vehicles and a flyover of U.S. and French military jets while U.S. and French soldiers marched together down Avenue des Champs-Elysees to mark 100 years since the United States entry into the first world war and Frances annual holiday.

“To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he told reporters in September.

“We’re actually looking into it.”

However, Mr Trump’s request has faced criticism.

Retired navy rear admiral and former spokesman for the State Department and the Pentagon John Kirby reposted an article on Twitter that he wrote for CNN’s website after Mr Trump claimed he was impressed by the Paris display.

He said a parade in Washington would be a bad idea.

“The United States doesn’t need a parade down Pennsylvania or any other avenue to show our military strength,” he wrote.

“We do that every day in virtually every clime all over the world.”

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