Pentagon Cancels Military Parade After Cost Leak

President Trump's military parade to cost an estimated $92 million

Trump’s Military Parade Now Estimated to Cost $92 Million, Report Says

US President Donald Trump's military parade is estimated to cost 92 million dollars, according to a CNBC report on Thursday, quoting an anonymous US defence official.

Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019". Earlier this year, Trump bragged about saving costs by suspending joint military exercises with South Korea, which cost just $14 million.

"Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN", he continued.

Trump raised eyebrows a year ago when he requested that armed forces march through Washington, D.C. He ordered the Pentagon to put on the military-themed spectacle after he had viewed France's Bastille Day Parade.

Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, hit back at Trump, saying in a Twitter post that she was "the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad)".

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.

USA military parades usually only happen at the end of major wars. He also said he would attend a parade at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland but gave no date. Some share of the higher cost of close to $100 million is expected to be paid by other government agencies that would take part in organizing or securing the event.

Trump could hand each of them $2300 for the cost of his parade, a calculation that drew outrage on social media. The parade was planned to go along Pennsylvania Avenue, passing the Capitol, the White House, and the Trump International Hotel.

The Associated Press has reported that officials thought the full price tag would be about $92 million.

"We're going to have to try and top it", he said.

"The American Legion appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops", American Legion national commander Denise Rohan said in a statement.

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