President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron appeared in front of the cameras briefly during a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Monday afternoon. "We'll be discussing many different elements, but I'm not sure we should talk about it in front of the media," Trump quipped about the substance of the meeting.
The president complimented his French counterpart for winning "one of the great election victories of all time" earlier this year and reminisced about the dinner the two leaders shared on top of the Eiffel Tower during his most recent visit to Paris.
Trump also complimented Macron on the military parade he witnessed on Bastille Day in Paris and suggested that the U.S. should stage its own down Pennsylvania Ave when July 4 comes to "try to top it."
"It was a great display of military might, and a tremendous thing for France," Trump said about France's Bastille Day celebration. "People don't know what great warriors they are in France... And to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 down Pennsylvania Ave."
"I don't know, we're going to have to try to top it," the president joked. "They had a lot of planes going over, a lot of military might, and it was really a beautiful thing to see. They had a lot of different representatives from different wars, and it was really so well done. I came back [from France], and one of my early calls was that we're going to have to start looking at something like that for ourselves. So we're actually looking at: July 4, Pennsylvania Ave., having a really great parade to show our military strength."
"You know we spend $700 billion [on the military]?" the president added. "I think we really are looking forward to doing that... We'll see if we can do it this year, but we certainly will be beginning to do that!"
Some video of the parade Trump witnessed, where the French military band played a medley of Daft Punk songs: