Trump’s grand military parade postponed until next year

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A Pentagon spokesman said Thursday that the parade originally was being planned for November 10, to honor veterans and to commemorate the centennial of World War I. But now, it may be delayed until 2019.

This announcement came hours after CNBC reported that the event could cost $92 million, up from the original estimate of $12 million.

Critics say the government should not spend money on a costly display of troops and weapons when the Pentagon is struggling to cover the expenses of training, support and personnel.

The remainder would be absorbed by other agencies and involve security costs.

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When the White House in February announced the commander-in-chief's desire to hold the parade in Washington, the budget director said it would cost between $10 million and $30 million.

Trump apparently first got the idea for a military parade after witnessing France's Bastille Day celebrations. I would discount that, and anybody who said (that number), I'll nearly guarantee you one thing: They probably said, 'I need to stay anonymous.' No kidding, because you look like an idiot.

Officials said the plans had not yet been approved by Defence Secretary James Mattis. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss early planning estimates that have not yet been finalized or released publicly. The Pentagon later said the Korea drills would have cost $14 million.

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

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

The president developed parade envy after watching a military parade in Paris, when he was a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron for Bastille Day festivities in 2017. The focus was to be on the work of USA military veterans through the ages, starting with the American Revolutionary War.

Defense Department officials reportedly had denied a request from Trump's transition team to include heavy military vehicles in his inaugural parade.

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