President Trump Wants a 4th of July Military Parade

Michele Moreno
September 21, 2017

Contrary to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in NY, defended the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers, including the USA, and hailed it as a "solid, robust and verifiable" way to ensure the Islamic Republic does not also arm itself with nuclear weapons.

Still very much inspired by France's elaborate Bastille Day military parade this summer, President Trump on Monday said he wants the United States to put on its own version for the Fourth of July. He called the accord "a moral, economic and social necessity".

The French leader stressed that he made this point to both Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whom he met on Monday in NY. Trump was the VIP guest on the French president's viewing stand for a parade of French military troops and equipment.

The parade on Paris's Champs-Elysees will commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entering WWI and will feature horses, helicopters, planes and troops. "We're speaking to General John Kelly and all the other people involved to see if we can do that this year, but we certainly will be beginning to do that". (China, Russia and the United Kingdom round out the group.) That is an immensely powerful clique, one that can potentially sway the rest of the world's leaders into declaring war, imposing sanctions, or block them from taking any action at all.

"We can only address those challenges thought multilateralism", he said, "not through survival of the fittest".

Mr Trump said: "I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France".

Mr Trump said he was prepared "to totally destroy North Korea".

He told leaders that the United States seeks harmony and friendship, not strife, but he warned that America "can no longer be taken advantage of".

Twice in the past five weeks, the 15-member Security Council has followed the US lead and unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea. While Mr Macron admitted that the threat from North Korea "concerns all of us existentially, collectively", he insisted on a political resolution to the crisis. Hook said the president left Paris with a "lot of good examples".

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