Trump's Military Parade To Cost 760 Percent More Than Earlier Estimate

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"We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019", the Department of Defense said in a statement.

It later emerged that the drills cost about $14 million, a fraction of the price of a military parade.

An official told the AP that about $50 million would cover Pentagon costs for equipment, personnel and other support for the November parade in Washington. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The defense official said that the parade would include Bradleys, as well as other armored vehicles including Strykers and M113s.

Trump told The Washington Post in an interview days before in inauguration, "That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades".

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Trump said the drills were provocative and that dumping them would save the USA "a tremendous amount of money". The parade was reportedly set to cost more than $90 million.

"Breaking: Pentagon says the military parade - requested by the President and originally scheduled for Veterans Day - will be postponed", CNN's Jim Sciutto tweeted out. An initial estimate last month pegged the prospective cost for the parade at $12 million. The fact that we spend over $600 billion on defense annually - more than the defense budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined - would seem to suggest that we do, but Americans will have to wait at least another year to see the proof with their own eyes. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers. US Northern Command, which oversees US troops in North America, is responsible for the actual execution of the parade.

In the Legion statement, however, National Commander Denise Rohan cautioned that a parade at the current time would be premature since the USA still remains engaged in the war on terror (the last time a parade was held in Washington was to celebrate the end of the Gulf War in 1991).

Trump apparently first got the idea for a military parade after witnessing France's Bastille Day celebrations.



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