Pentagon Announces Military Parade Will Be Postponed Until Next Year

Trump's military parade is estimated to cost $92 million – $80 million more than earlier estimate

Trump’s Military Parade Now Estimated to Cost $92 Million, Report Says

After the Pentagon on Thursday night announced it was postponing President Donald Trump's planned military parade, the president took to Twitter to try to save face.

Initially, the estimates were that the parade would cost about $12 million, but that number has grown almost eight-fold since. It was meant to highlight the contributions veterans have made "throughout the history of the U.S. Military", according to a previous note from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's office.

President Trump was first drawn to the idea of having a military parade in the USA after attending France's Bastille Day celebration a year ago in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

In his tweets, Trump said he would go a parade in Paris on November 11 and also attend a "big parade" already scheduled at Joint Base Andrews this fall.

The parade will also include will also include helicopter, fighter jet and historical military plane flyovers. "Any cost estimates are pre-decisional". The hefty price tag covers security, transportation of parade assets, and temporary duty for troops. That number was reported to be perhaps $92 million on Thursday.

The parade's cost has become a politically charged issue, particularly after the Pentagon cancelled 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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A memo when the plan was first mooted said no tanks would be used so as not to damage the roads of the nation's capital.

The president requested the route for the parade be from the White House to Capitol Hill.

There are now 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, which ended in 1953 in an armistice that left the two Koreas technically still at war. In February, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney estimated the cost to be from $10 million and $30 million.

It's unclear if French President Emmanuel Macron has even invited Mr. Trump to Paris for the event.

Trump had hinted at plans to transform America's Independence Day celebration into a military parade.

In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of President Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces from Kuwait in the Gulf War.

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