Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump blames D.C. officials for postponement of military parade

Trump blames D.C. officials for postponement of military parade

US President Donald Trump said on Friday (US time) he had cancelled plans for a Veterans Day military parade, citing the "ridiculously high" price tag.

"The local politicians who run Washington, DC (poorly) know a windfall when they see it,"Trump said in a statement a day after the Pentagon announced that it would postpone the event for at least a year due to the price tag". Never let someone hold you up!

A US official told Reuters the parade could cost more than $90 million, as estimate Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he hasn't seen. "Now we can buy some more jet fighters!" he added.

About an hour after the president's tweet, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington, a Democrat, delivered her own caustic response on Twitter. Bowser's clap-back game was real.

The city's estimates of the $21.6 million for local costs includes $13.5 million for police, $3.6 million for fire and paramedics, $2.3 million for transportation services (including traffic control and work on Pennsylvania Avenue before and after the event), and a number of lesser expenses. He's been planning a big parade in D.C., reportedly ever since he spent Bastille Day in France a year ago.

The White House had scant details about the event, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the negotiations with the president's team. "And number two whoever wrote it needs to get better sources".

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.

As for Trump's desire for parades, they began previous year after he visited France to meet with Emmanuel Macron and became enamored with the country's military festivities.

"Until such time as we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible", the American Legion's national commander Denise Rohan said. The Pentagon later said the Korea drills, which typically take place every August, would have cost $14 million - an amount dwarfed by the estimated cost of the parade.

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