Pentagon Announces Trump’s Military Parade Postponed

Pentagon Announces Trump’s Military Parade Postponed

But they noted that "Trump has said he wants to try to top the French Bastille Day parade he attended a year ago in Paris, which lasted just over two hours".

A military parade ordered by US President Donald Trump for later this year has been postponed until at least 2019, a defense official said Thursday (Aug 16), following reports the cost had soared to over US$90 million. Roughly US$50 million would cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment, personnel and other support for the parade in Washington. Other agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security, would incur other costs.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the cost estimate of about $92 million had not yet been approved by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and could still be changed and more options could be included.

Officials have been planning the event since earlier this year, when the president, apparently inspired by a similar display he observed last year in France, discussed the parade in a meeting with senior officials at the Pentagon.

Organizers had suggested that the 2018 Veterans Day parade could mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The last time the USA held a major parade for its military was in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War.

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

The cost of the parade, scheduled for November 10 in Washington, was initially reported as $12 million, and was based on the cost of the victory parade held in the capital after the 1991 Gulf War, said the officials. The affected exercise would have cost about $14 million, far less than the parade's current expected cost. 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.

"However, until such time as we can celebrate victory in the war on terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veterans Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible", the group's national commander, Denise Rohan, said in a statement.

"We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a lovely thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms", he added.

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