Trump military parade plans unravel over costs

Trump military parade delayed until at least 2019 after cost reportedly hits $92M

Trump military parade delayed until at least 2019 after cost reportedly hits $92M

The President said he had also "cancelled" the military parade in Washington that was planned for the same day to coincide with Veterans Day in the United States, due to the "ridiculously high" cost estimated by the authorities.

Critics say that when the Pentagon is struggling to cover the expenses of training, support and personnel, the government shouldn't be spending millions on an unnecessary display of troops and weapons. The remainder would be borne by other agencies and largely involve security costs. "And number two whoever wrote it needs to get better sources". That headquarters, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, established a group to crunch numbers and help plan the event for Veterans Day weekend in November.

A city official added that the Trump administration requested an estimate from the city this week. "I'll just leave it at that".

The $92 million number came from a CNBC report released yesterday, which said the Pentagon required $50 million to fund the parade, while Homeland Security required $42 million.

The Pentagon began planning Trump's military parade in earnest in March, putting U.S. Northern Command in charge with a smaller headquarters at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., taking a leading role.

It is still not clear what other expenses brought the total estimated cost for the parade to $92 million.

President Trump liked France's military parade so much, that he ordered one of his own. "Any cost estimates are pre-decisional". Before that figure, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee in February that the cost could range between $10 and $30 million.

Major political events and nationally publicized demonstrations are a regular occurrence in the District of Columbia - and they aren't cheap. Trump on Friday added that maybe it would happen in 2019 "when the cost comes WAY DOWN". Sigh - that's precisely the reason we never needed a military parade in the first place.

The money is better spent on jet fighters, and a good substitution for a European-style military parade is one of the many military showcases we already have here, like a Navy Week or an air show like the "Blue Angels" or the "Thunderbirds".

The American Legion, a veterans organization, said Thursday that while it appreciated that Trump wanted to show support for USA troops, other priorities should win out.

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