America's Largest Veterans Group Rains on Trump's Parade

Trump’s Military Parade Now Estimated to Cost $92 Million, Report Says

But in Trump's tweets, the Republican president blamed local Washington officials for seeking a "windfall", and suggested they were inflating the parade's costs.

The remainder would be absorbed by other agencies and involve security costs.

Trump said it was possible the parade could be staged next year if the cost "comes WAY DOWN" and added that with the savings "we can buy some more jet fighters!"

The President said he will instead "attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, (and) go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th".

Earlier this year, the White House budget office estimated the parade could cost between $10 million and $30 million.

Trump brought up the idea of a military parade in Washington during a meeting with Macron a few months later.

US military parades usually only happen at the end of major wars.




US officials had told The Associated Press earlier Thursday that the parade would cost about $92 million, citing preliminary estimates more than three times the price first suggested by the White House. Mattis himself said late Thursday that he had seen no such estimate and questioned the media reports.

The Associated Press has reported that officials thought the full price tag would be about $92 million. The Pentagon encouraged the use of wheeled vehicles only, and no tanks to "minimize damage to local infrastructure".

As noted by CNBC, this parade and its cost appear to contradict Trump's past comments about the importance of "not doing war games".

Trump raised eyebrows previous year when he requested that armed forces march through Washington, D.C. He ordered the Pentagon to put on the military-themed spectacle after he had viewed France's Bastille Day Parade.

Critics had blasted the planned Washington parade, questioning the lofty cost and the need for it as the Pentagon has sought to stabilize an over-stretched military.

The last major one was held in 1991, marking the end of the Gulf War.

"The American Legion appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops,"American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan said in a statement Thursday night".

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