Trump cancels plans for military parade

18 August, 2018, 21:29 | Author: Wade Massey
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The expenses borne by the Pentagon, including moving and staffing military equipment for the parade, would bring the overall cost to $92 million, according to several news reports.

The cancellation of those drills, like Trump's demand for a parade, initially caught the Defense Department unawares. "And number two whoever wrote it needs to get better sources". "When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I canceled it", Trump tweeted Friday morning. But officials said the estimates were still preliminary and so were not submitted to Mattis or Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "I'll just leave it at that".

"Whoever told you that is probably smoking something that's legal in my state but is not in most states", said Mattis, who hails from Washington state, where pot is legal.

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 Mr. Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. They didn't say why, but most people assumed it was because the projected cost was expected to be in the realm of $92 million, up from the original estimated $12 million. It also said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimise damage to local infrastructure". 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. He's been planning a enormous parade in D.C., reportedly ever since he spent Bastille Day in France past year.

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The festivities would honor USA military veterans and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

One veterans group weighed in on Thursday against the parade.

But military parades in the United States are rare, and such displays in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.

Trump demanded that the administration begin exploring a large parade for himself after attending the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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