Trump said that he will attend previously scheduled parades at Andrews Air Force Base and in Paris, adding, "Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN". When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it.
His tweets came a day after the Pentagon said the planned November 10 parade might be postponed amid questions about the event's increasing costs. And that set off a volley of tweets and accusations between the president and the mayor of the nation's capital. The Pentagon later said the Korea drills would have cost US$14 million. The federal government typically reimburses the District of Columbia for a large share of the security and logistical costs for such events. He's been planning a enormous parade in D.C., reportedly ever since he spent Bastille Day in France previous year.More news: Popular Ugandan opposition activist and singer to appear before military court
Yesterday, the Pentagon announced that the date of the parade would likely be pushed back to 2019.
"The notion that we would overstate what it takes to properly have a parade or demonstration, especially on this short notice, for some benefit to the city - it was just outrageous, " Bowser said.
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Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday said that the reports of a $92 million tab were inaccurate and that he has "received no such estimate".
The White House budget director said it would cost between $10m (€8.7) and $30m (€26.3m).
A US official told AFP on Thursday the planning estimate had gone as high as $92 million, though no final figure had been reached.More news: West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Dracut
There was no indication of how long the parade would last - including whether it would span multiple days - or confirmation of the November 10 date, the official said. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers, which can carry significant costs in personnel, aircraft and support. A city official said the $21.6 million estimate of the costs the city would incur was their "best stab at it", since they did not know what the exact route would be or how long it would last.