Pentagon Postpones Trump’s Absurdly Expensive Military Parade


President Trump's planned military parade in Washington has been delayed until next year amid claims that it would cost nine times the White House's first estimate.

The military and the White House have agreed to look at the possibility of staging the event in 2019, Pentagon spokesman Rob Manning said.

The statement came following a CNBC report by Amanda Macias, citing a defense official with firsthand knowledge, which estimated the parade would cost $92 million - $80 million more than initially estimated.

The Pentagon's portion of that tab was as high as $50 million, which would pay for equipment, troops, flyovers and support staff, the official said. The remainder would be been borne by other agencies and would include security costs.

The White House budget office had told Congress that the total cost of the parade would be somewhere between $10 million and $30 million.

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Officials have been planning the event since earlier this year, when the president, apparently inspired by a similar display he observed last year in France, discussed the parade in a meeting with senior officials at the Pentagon.

Mr. Trump first publicly spoke about his desire for a military parade as president-elect, saying he wanted to show off the military. "It was two hours on the button, and was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France".

USA military parades usually only happen at the end of major wars.

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

Trump has also embraced military backdrop for several speeches and presidential visits.

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United States media were quick to highlight how the ballooning costs stood in contrast to his concern about the expense of conducting joint military exercises with South Korea.

The official also noted that while the size and scope of the military parade can still shift, the plans now include approximately eight tanks, as well as other armored vehicles, including Bradleys, Strykers and M113s.

A memo at the time said no tanks would be used so as not to damage the roads of the nation's capital.

Such large parades have been rare in recent USA history, though the George H.W. Bush administration staged a military parade in Washington in 1991 after the conclusion of the Persian Gulf War.

"We're going to have to try to top it", Trump reportedly joked to Macron at the UN General Assembly in September.

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Others suggested the money could be better spent improving the lives of destitute veterans.