President Trump's inauguration team wanted to show off the U.S. military during his inaugural parade, even going so far as to ask the Pentagon for photographs of "military tactical vehicles" that could be used in the parade, The Huffington Post reported Wednesday.
Emails were exchanged between the Presidential Inaugural Committee and Pentagon officials, the report said.
The inaugural committee "is seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade," a Pentagon official wrote in an internal email sent in early December. "The conversation started as ‘Can you send us some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade.' "
The author of the email also said they were "extremely reluctant" to provide such a list of vehicles that could be used in the parade.
According to the report, the Trump team ultimately decided not to file a formal request for the military vehicles.
The documents back up a previous report that the Trump administration wanted to include tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade.
In January, an inauguration source told The Huffington post that Trump was "legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade," in reference to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang that are often interpreted as displays of aggression.
Five military flyovers were planned — one for each branch of the armed services ― for the inaugural parade. But all were canceled due to poor weather.
It is not unusual to feature some display of the military, such as flyovers, during the inauguration.