President Donald Trump said Friday he had cancelled plans for a Veteran's Day military parade in November, because the "ridiculously high" price tag, $US92 million.
At the start of the project, Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France's Bastille Day celebration in the centre of Paris last year. The parade was expected to include troops from all five armed services - the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard - as well as units in period uniforms representing earlier times in the nation's history. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers. Earlier this year, the White House budget director told Congress that the cost to taxpayers could be $US10 million to $US30 million, based on the cost of previous military parades. $US92 million is too much.
Presidents Trump and Macron at Bastille Day celebration in Paris
The Defense Department announced a day earlier that there would be no parade in 2018. Trump said perhaps something could be scheduled next year when the price "comes WAY DOWN." According to the officials, roughly $US50 million would cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment, personnel and other support for the November parade in Washington. The remainder would be borne by other agencies and largely involve security costs. 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.