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Trump’s military parade postponed after US$92 million cost revelation

Trump’s military parade postponed after US$92 million cost revelation

President Donald Trump said in February that a military parade in Washington would be "great for the spirit of the country", but that it would need to come at a "reasonable cost".

Manning says the Pentagon had "originally targeted November 10, 2018", for the Washington event, intended "to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I". The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Pentagon on Thursday put off President Trump's requested military parade - proposed for Veterans Day - until at least next year. The Pentagon's portion of that tab was as high as $50 million, which would pay for equipment, troops, flyovers and support staff, the official said. The remainder would be borne by other agencies and largely involve security costs.

The language "agreed to explore opportunities" is an exceptionally vague phrase - giving the distinct impression that Defense Department officials don't ever plan on holding the parade at all.

In February, Trump asked the Pentagon to explore a parade in celebration of American troops, after the Republican president marvelled at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris previous year. "The overall cost, which is inspired by a similar parade in France, expected to be $80 million in that ballpark".

Earlier this year, a senior official said the parade would probably cost between $10 million and $30 million.

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Trump said the drills were provocative and that dumping them would save the U.S. "a tremendous amount of money".

He initially suggested a Fourth of July parade, but in March a memo from the Office of the Secretary of Defense suggested it would be integrated with the existing D.C. Veterans Day parade.

It later emerged that the drills cost about $14 million, a fraction of the price of a military parade.

"Include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure", the memo said.

The Pentagon said the parade was planned to travel from the White House to the Capitol, and would feature a "heavy air component at the end".

Several months later Trump praised the French parade, saying, "We're going to have to try and top it".


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