Trump’s grand military parade postponed until next year

17 August, 2018, 18:44 | Author: Donnie King
  • Anadolu Agency  Anadolu

On Friday, President Donald Trump cancelled a military parade planned for Washington D.C., after the estimated cost spiraled to $92 million.

According to the CNBC report, the parade in Washington, D.C.is expected to include approximately eight tanks and other armored vehicles such as Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Strykers, uniformed personnel, and flyovers from helicopters, fighters, transport aircraft, and historical planes.

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday said that the reports of a $92 million tab for the parade were inaccurate and that he has "received no such estimate".

The event, meant to honor the nation's veterans, was originally priced at $12 million, but a Department of Defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told CNBC that the updated cost is now estimated at $92 million.

Trump had ordered a show of military prowess after marveling at France's Bastille Day parade past year but the idea drew scorn from critics, who said it would be a waste of money and akin to events staged by authoritarian regimes such as North Korea.

Earlier on Thursday, a USA official told the AFP news agency the planning estimate for the event had ballooned to as much as $92m (£72m).

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




A Pentagon memo from March said the parade route would have a "heavy air component at the end of the parade". The Pentagon encouraged the use of wheeled vehicles only, and no tanks to "minimize damage to local infrastructure".

U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after arriving in Marine One from a recent trip to NY at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2018.

President Donald Trump has been a big promoter of his planned military parade on November 10.

Mr. Trump first publicly spoke about his desire for a military parade as president-elect, saying he wanted to show off the military.

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

The US had a military parade in 1991 following the end of its successful campaign to force Saddam Hussein's troops out of Kuwait. In 1991, a massive parade was held to celebrate USA victory in the Gulf War, at a cost of $8 million.

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