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Sticker shock: Trump’s military parade canceled

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/17/18, 01:27 pm

The Department of Defense canceled a Veterans Day military parade Thursday after reports it could cost $92 million. The parade is tentatively rescheduled for next year, provided the government can find a way to cut the price tag. President Donald Trump blamed local officials for price gouging in a tweet Friday. The president had asked for the parade to showcase U.S. military strength after watching France’s Bastille Day celebration with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump called the event “one of the greatest parades I have ever seen,” adding, “We’re going to have to try and top it.”

In February, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the parade would cost $10 million to $30 million. Officials later narrowed the estimate to $12 million. Critics pointed out the parade cost roughly the same as a canceled joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea. Trump called off the exercise after the June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, blaming the expense.

An anonymous U.S. official leaked the even heftier price estimate for the military parade, first reported by CNBC on Thursday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis questioned the $92 million figure, saying whoever reported it needed better sources. On Friday, Trump said the cost had become exorbitant and tweeted, “Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Fri, 08/17/2018 02:22 pm

    1. Instead of some Air National Guard units training on the first weekend of November, reschedule for 10-11 November.

    2. Do the same with some Army National Guard units and transport them in Air National Guard C-130, C-5, and C-17 aircraft.

    The parade would be zero cost, since the units would be training anyway!

    Posted: Fri, 08/17/2018 03:06 pm

    We should NOT be copying other countries in displaying our military. 

    These are not good times to be having our guys out there for terrorists and Trump haters to show their hate. 

    Spend the money to buy the men uniforms and give them better stuff to defend our nation. 

  • Angela Harler
    Posted: Sat, 08/18/2018 04:35 pm

    I agree with your first statement. This is not a keeping up with the Jones' contest. 

    What Americans could do is put on a parade ourselves. With the rate of people in this country actually proud of our service men and women, it might not be the highest turnout ever, but it could be the best! A grassroots sort of thing. 

    God, please bless America! 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 08/20/2018 04:01 pm

    Count me among those with a high degree of respect, admiration, and appreciation for our military. 

    Yet I really don’t see any need for a huge expensive parade.