Pentagon Cancels Military Parade After Cost Leak

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

President Trump on Friday announced that he has canceled plans for a military parade in Washington, DC, on Veterans' Day over the "ridiculously high" price tag the city quoted the administration.

President Trump was first drawn to the idea of having a military parade in the USA after attending France's Bastille Day celebration previous year in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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

In February, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney put the cost at $10 million to $30 million.

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Paris will hold its long-planned parade on the same day, while the event at the Maryland air force base is scheduled for a "different date", the president said.

"The Department of Defence and White House have been planning a parade to honour America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of first world war", said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning.

Apparently, he eventually became so eager to get this parade going that he couldn't wait until next year. Fighter jets, air transports, and helicopters will fly overhead, as well as historical planes.

The Defense Department had already said the parade wouldn't happen this year.

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Trump's military parade is now estimated to cost taxpayers $80 million more than the original figure. "It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue", Trump said. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers.

Since that time, cost estimates have skyrocketed upwards of $90 million. It also said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

The District of Columbia Council, Washington's legislative body, was critical of the plan when it was announced, voicing displeasure on Twitter.

The Pentagon cancelled a military exercise planned for August with South Korea following Mr Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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"We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a attractive thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms", he added.

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