U.S. President Donald Trump attends the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked the Pentagon to stage a military parade, the White House implied in a statement.
"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said regarding inquiries about a possible military parade.
The Washington Post first reported that Trump expressed his desire for a grand military parade this year in Washington D.C. at a Jan. 18 meeting with top generals.
U.S. troops march during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Concorde Square in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)
"We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates," Charlie Summers, a Pentagon spokesman, told NBC News. He added that the process is in its "infancy" but cited Nov. 11 as a possible date.
French Alphajets of the Patrouille de France fly over the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, on July 14, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Genxing)
Trump was reportedly impressed by a military parade he witnessed in Paris to celebrate Bastille Day last year.