Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump's military parade would cost about $92M, official says

Trump's military parade would cost about $92M, official says

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.

Soon after the President tweeted, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed she "got thru" to Trump about costs for the parade, which at one point was calculated to run about $12 million but had soared to an estimated $92 million by the time Trump canceled the event.

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".

Since that time, cost estimates have skyrocketed upwards of $90 million. In February, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney estimated the cost to be from $10 million and $30 million.

He had initially hinted at plans to transform America's Independence Day celebrations - usually associated with fireworks and barbecues - on July 4 into a vast military parade.

The parade's cost has become a politically charged issue, particularly after the Pentagon canceled a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, in the wake of Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Trump has also embraced military backdrop for several speeches and presidential visits. The Pentagon encouraged the use of wheeled vehicles only, and no tanks to "minimize damage to local infrastructure".

Members of the Democratic party were similarly sceptical, with congressman Jim McGovern declaring it "an absurd waste of money" on Twitter and saying Mr Trump "acts more like dictator than president". His staff is planning the parade along a route from the White House to the Capitol, and would integrate it with the city's annual veterans' parade.

Many Americans were outraged when Trump first suggested the parade, and many more were angered by the militaristic and nationalistic vanity project when the Commander-in-Chief returned from a Bastille Day parade in France and announced his parade was definitely a go.

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.

The US had a military parade in 1991 following the end of its successful campaign to force Saddam Hussein's troops out of Kuwait.

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