Trump scraps proposed Veterans Day military parade, cites cost, DC politicians

A military parade scheduled for Veterans Day weekend has been canceled by President Trump.

Initially planned for Nov. 10, 2018, at an estimated cost of $12–30 million, the projected outlay eventually jumped to $92 million according to a Defense Department source.  A dramatic increase, the staggering rise has been attributed to a $50 million estimate from the Pentagon and an additional $42 million price tag from the Department of Homeland Security.

Included in the interagency estimate was costs to provide security, including $13.5 million to $21.6 million in outlays for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other local costs, as well as funds to move military assets such as armored vehicles and aircraft, and provide troops for the parade.

Under the original Pentagon plan released in March, the parade was tabled to include both modern and vintage aircraft in flyovers, troops from all five branches of the military, the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and the Coast Guard, some in period dress and a small group of wheeled military vehicles.

The Pentagon plan ruled out heavy, tracked vehicles over concern for damage to Washington roadways.

Reacting to the cost, Trump blasted Washington, D.C., politicians of unethically exploiting the event on Twitter, asserting he would explore the possibility of holding the parade in 2019.

Responding to the president’s insult, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted 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).”

Trump announced instead of holding the military parade in 2018 he would attend a military event at Andrews Air Force Base and travel to Paris for a Nov. 11 remembrance of the end of World War I.

 

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since its original publication.

 

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