Trump Cancels Military Parade Over Cost, Blames Local Politicians

Trump Cancels Military Parade Over Cost, Blames Local Politicians

President Donald Trump's military parade this fall is shaping up to cost $80 million more than initially estimated.

On Thursday, the Pentagon said the event, planned for November 10 in D.C., would be postponed.

The military and the White House have agreed to look at the possibility of staging the event in 2019, Pentagon spokesman Rob Manning said.

A USA official said it could cost more than $90 million United States, almost three times as much as the White House had earlier estimated.

A USA official told AFP yesterday the planning estimate had soared as high as $92 million, though no final figure has been reached.

The mayor of Washington, D.C.is firing back at President Donald Trump, who blamed local officials for the "ridiculously high" cost of his proposed Veterans Day military parade.

According to the officials, roughly $50 million would cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment, personnel and other support for the November parade in Washington.

Bowser's office later provided a breakdown of the city's cost estimate for hosting a military parade, which included a $13.5 million price tag for the city's police department and the need for expenses like crowd control, security and traffic perimeters, and protection for dignitaries.

Defense Secretary James Mattis scoffed at that figure, saying, "I guarantee you there's been no cost estimate", when asked by reporters during a trip to Bogota, Colombia.

A memo when the plan was first mooted said no tanks would be used so as not to damage the roads of the nation's capital.

The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

The last military parade took place in 1991 at the conclusion of the Gulf War.

"Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN", the USA president said, adding: "Now we can buy some more jet fighters!"

Officials have been planning the event since earlier this year, when the president, apparently inspired by a similar display he observed last year in France, discussed the parade in a meeting with senior officials at the Pentagon.

The parade had been planned for the Veterans Day weekend, and was expected to include a large show of air power.

The parade was widely criticized as a waste of money, even when it was estimated to cost $12 million.

Many Americans were outraged when Trump first suggested the parade, and many more were angered by the militaristic and nationalistic vanity project when the Commander-in-Chief returned from a Bastille Day parade in France and announced his parade was definitely a go.

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