President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington later this year, the Pentagon’s top spokesperson confirmed.
“We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details,” said Dana White, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson. “We will share more information throughout the planning process.”
The Washington Post was first to report Tuesday that the president told senior officials he wanted a military parade during his visit to the Pentagon last month.
The newspaper cited a military official as saying: “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France.”
A White House official confirmed to ABC News that Trump wants a military parade and pointed to the public comments he made after witnessing last year’s Bastille Day parade down the Champs-Elysees at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump visibly enjoyed watching as large numbers of French troops and armored vehicles passed by the presidential reviewing stand as military aircraft flew in formation overhead.
Following the Paris trip he expressed his admiration for the spectacle.
“It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” Trump said during a September meeting in New York with Macron. “It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France.”