Parade put off until at least next year
Washington DC – The mayor of Washington, D.C. is firing back at President Donald Trump, who blamed local officials for the “ridiculously high” cost of his proposed Veterans Day military parade.
Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she was the one who “finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).”
The Associated Press has reported that officials thought the full price tag would be about $92 million.
The Defense Department said Thursday the parade would not happen this year. Trump on Friday added that maybe it would happen in 2019 “when the cost comes WAY DOWN.”
Trump blamed local politicians for inflating the cost, but although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.
On Twitter, Trump accused local politicians of price gouging, although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.
The Defense Department had already said the parade wouldn’t happen this year.
Trump had called for the patriotic show of force last year after watching France’s Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris at the invitation of the French president. But the project has been beset with logistical hurdles, such as the damage heavy tanks would do to city streets and an exorbitant price tag.
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