In an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday, Donald Trump said that the military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
He also said that they may be “flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades,” effectively “showing our military.”
When describing his vision about military parades, Mr. Trump remained incredibly vague. It seemed almost as if it was something he might oversee in the future. However, according to many involved in preparing for the inauguration, Trump has made the effort to ensure that his first day in office is marked by a display of military equipment.
While preparing for the inauguration, a member of Mr. Trump’s transition team threw out the idea to include heavy military equipment, including tanks and missile launchers to be used in the inaugural parade.
The source for The Huffington Post explained, that “they were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” referring to massive military parades in other part of the world, including Moscow, that are generally seen as an aggressive display of power.
Spokeswoman for the Department of Defense Valerie Henderson reportedly declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s request. Boris Epshteyn, a Trump advisor, told the Huffington Post that the inaugural committee worked closely with the military “to render appropriate honors” for Trump’s swearing-in, but provided nothing more.