President Trump has expressed a desire for a massive military parade showcasing America’s strength since before he even took office. Now, it appears his vision is inching closer to becoming a reality.
Trump asked the Pentagon to get the ball rolling on plans for a military “celebration,” the White House confirmed Tuesday.
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”
Army Col. Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told USA TODAY: “We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details.”
At a Jan. 18 meeting at the Pentagon with senior military officials, Trump’s idea became a “presidential directive,” The Washington Post reported, citing unnamed officials.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” one unnamed official said, according to the Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers told CNN the planning is in its “infancy.”
The parade in France Trump was reportedly referring to was a Bastille Day parade he attended with French President Emmanuel Macron on July 14, 2017, in Paris. The parade included tanks, soldiers in gleaming helmets astride horses and jets flying overhead.