Trump Military Parade now Estimated to Cost $92 Million

17 August, 2018, 20:26 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • President Trump's military parade to cost an estimated $92 million

The target date for the event had been November 10, but Department of Defense and White House officials "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019", Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday night.

In the USA, armed parades have typically been held only to commemorate particular military feats.

Trump had said "local politicians" in D.C. were responsible for the cost when he announced the cancelation, though he offered no specific evidence.

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

The Washington, D.C., parade, which will feature period uniforms, armored vehicles, and aircraft flyovers is set to cost $92 million.

President Trump on Friday blamed local officials for his decision to postpone a grand military parade in Washington this fall, alleging without evidence that they had unreasonably inflated the price.

The estimate comes as the Department of Defense and others involved update their costs.

At the time, reports explained that the exercise was routine and would have cost less than one fighter jet, or approximately $14 million.

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The jaw-dropping cost covered security, transportation of parade assets, aircraft, as well as temporary duty, or TDY, for troops, an official said.

Trump has also embraced military backdrop for several speeches and presidential visits.

Later, when Pentagon officials told reporters the cost would be $12 million, again, there was outrage.

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

"We're going to have to try to top it", Trump reportedly joked to Macron at the UN General Assembly in September.

The United States normally holds military parades to mark the end of a conflict, such as in 1991 when president George HW Bush held a National Victory Parade in Washington to celebrate the end of the first Gulf War.

The American Legion said in a statement Thursday that the organization appreciates Trump's desire to "show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops".

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