Trump cancels military parade, blaming costs on Washington officials - Ireland

Leroy Wright
August 20, 2018

The announcement came several hours after The Associated Press reported that the parade would cost about $92 million. A city official said the $21.6 million estimate of the costs the city would incur was their "best stab at it", since they did not know what the exact route would be or how long it would last.

Senator Jack Reed, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said halting the parade was the right call. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers.

The US President added that "maybe" the event would be held next year and stated that now the country can "buy some more jet fighters".

That figure includes expenses borne by the Pentagon beyond what the city would bear. "I guarantee you there's been no cost estimate".

Bowser, the Democratic mayor of Washington, DC, responded on Twitter to Trump Friday, saying that she is "the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities" of holding a military parade.

Anyway, thanks to all of the petition signers who made their opinions on the military parade clear and were pivotal in pressuring Trump to back off - even if he wants to claim it was his own decision.

President Trump said Friday that he has canceled plans for a military parade in Washington this fall amid reports of rapidly rising costs.

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Major political events and nationally publicized demonstrations are a regular occurrence in the District of Columbia - and they aren't cheap. The fact that the cost of the event jumped to $92 million, whereas in February the Director of the office of management and budget Mick of Malvani talked about the $10-30 million.

The City of Washington is typically reimbursed for such expenses by the federal government.

Trump has been enamored with the idea of military convoys marching through Washington since his presidency's infancy.

Some leading Democrats in Congress have also argued the parade envisioned by Trump would be wasteful.

The event at Andrews has not been publicly announced and the base does not typically have a large military parade, but does host an air show each year with large displays of military might. "Spending $100 million on this parade is beyond wasteful". But she added that she thinks the money would be better spent in funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and the troops. For example, the national American Legion commander Denise Rohan, thanking the President for his attention to the military, said that he would prefer to dedicated to the parade of the funds were spent differently.

Trump, in a pair of tweets, said he would instead celebrate the occasion in Paris on November 11, the U.S Veterans Day holiday.

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