Trump blames DC as military parade plans unravel over costs

President Donald Trump salutes on his arrival on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown N.J. Friday Aug. 17 2018 en route

President Donald Trump salutes on his arrival on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown N.J. Friday Aug. 17 2018 en route

Fifteen million or $92 million - it's still too much and President Trump was right to cancel plans for a Veterans Day military parade.

Earlier this year, the White House budget chief said the parade would cost USA taxpayers between $10 and $30 million. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN.

Trump had said back in February that a military parade in Washington would be "great for the spirit of the country", but would need to come at a "reasonable cost".

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According to an USA official the initial estimate costs of the parade, $12 million, had risen to $92 million.

Washinton, D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser sarcastically responded to the attack of "the reality star in the White House", saying that she did indeed communicate to the administration that the cost would far exceed the original base estimate.

Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France's Bastille Day celebration. "Never let someone hold you up!"

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In addition to the heavy police presence such events require, the city has to deal with trash cleanup, emergency medical services, and various other costs. The Pentagon later said the Korea drills, which typically take place every August, would have cost $14 million - an amount dwarfed by the estimated cost of the parade.

Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump, first lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen review a military parade during Trump's swearing ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

The Pentagon began planning Trump's military parade in earnest in March, putting U.S. Northern Command in charge with a smaller headquarters at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., taking a leading role.

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Major political events and nationally publicized demonstrations are a regular occurrence in the District of Columbia - and they aren't cheap.

Earlier this year, the White House budget director told Congress that the cost to taxpayers could be US$10 million to US$30 million.

In the meantime, Trump has suggested the money saved on not hosting the parade can be spent on "more jet fighters". "However, until then, until you get to celebrate the victory over terrorism and to bring our troops home, we think that the money allocated for the parade, it would be better spent on funding for the Department of veterans Affairs and to provide the military and their families with all possible support".

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