Trump wanted to see soldiers and tanks near the White House
On instructions from US President Donald Trump, the Pentagon began planning a major military parade in Washington. This is reported by The Washington Post referring to sources in the Ministry of Defense and the White House. It is not excluded that the parade will be held in 2018 on the occasion of Independence Day.
As the interlocutors noted, during a meeting on January 18, Trump made it clear that he "would like to see a major military parade in Washington", similar to the one that is held every year on the Champs Elysees on July 14 in honor of the National Day of the French Republic. The American leader attended the event as one of the honored guests.
As the newspaper notes, the owner of the White House has already told reporters that after last summer's trip to Paris, he had the idea of holding a military parade in the US capital.
Thus, at a meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, he stated that he would like to hold a parade "in order to demonstrate US military power on July 4 on Pennsylvania Avenue."
As the Associated Press notes, celebrations on the occasion of Independence Day traditionally include a modest parade with the participation of military units, a concert outside the Congress building and an evening fireworks.