Trump cancels DC military parade; says he will go to Paris instead

Lester Mason
August 18, 2018

President Donald Trump's Veterans Day parade has been canceled after senior White House and Pentagon leaders saw the estimated $92 million price tag.

A USA official told AFP on Thursday the planning estimate had gone as high as $92 million, though no final figure had been reached.

"When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it, " Trump insisted, adding that next year he expects the costs to go way down, and in the meantime he'll "buy some more jet fighters".

The parade would cost about US$92 million, according to USA officials citing preliminary estimates more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis scoffed at the cost estimate and attacked the media for reporting the number. (The actual cost of military medical care specifically for trans troops is around $2.4 to $8.4 million annually-way less than a parade.) Nope.

According to a report by CNBC, the Department of Defense now assesses that the parade will cost significantly more, including $50 million from DOD and $42 million from interagency partners.

"I'm not dignifying that number ($92 million) with a reply". I would discount that, and anybody who said (that number), I'll nearly guarantee you one thing: They probably said, 'I need to stay anonymous.' No kidding, because you look like an idiot.

"Whoever told you that is probably smoking something that's legal in my state, but not in most states", he said. "I'll just leave it at that". The event was originally scheduled for November 10th and was going to be a uniquely Trumpian, lavish display of America's military strength. "Any cost estimates are pre-decisional". It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers. It also said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure". His staff is planning the parade along a route from the White House to the Capitol and would integrate it with the city's annual veterans' parade.

"It's pretty clear that the president is upset about the parade", she continued, "and it appears that he didn't want to take on his own agencies ... or the Pentagon, so he decided that we were a good target".

The American Legion has come out against President Trump's plans to hold a military parade, saying that while the group appreciates Trump's support for troops, the money would be better spent on veterans until all troops return from overseas.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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