Trump Cancels Military Parade Over Cost, Blames Local Politicians

Glen Norman
August 17, 2018

Mr Trump was so impressed by France's Bastille Day parade on a visit to Paris in 2017, he previously said he wanted the United States to "top it". "Don't blame others", Washington, D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson, another Democrat, also tweeted.

Critics have ridiculed the idea of a costly display of troops and weapons at a time when the Pentagon is struggling to cover the expenses of training, support and personnel.

The president then said that he would "attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th".

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


"The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I", according to a Pentagon statement.

The parade's budget director had offered an estimate of between $10m (£7.8m) and $30m (£23.6m) when the White House announced its request in February.

In his latest tweets, Trump blamed local politicians for the estimated $92 million price tag for the parade, so he's scrapping it. Fighter jets, air transports, and helicopters will fly overhead, as well as historical planes.

Trump said the drills were provocative and that dumping them would save the USA "a tremendous amount of money". The Pentagon encouraged the use of wheeled vehicles only, and no tanks to "minimize damage to local infrastructure".


But a Pentagon official said it has now been delayed at least one year.

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

As noted at the time, the military parade was expected to cost as much as the "tremendously expensive" bilateral military exercise that Trump swiftly cancelled with South Korea in the wake of the historic Singapore summit.

In the Legion statement, however, National Commander Denise Rohan cautioned that a parade at the current time would be premature since the US still remains engaged in the war on terror (the last time a parade was held in Washington was to celebrate the end of the Gulf War in 1991).


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