President Donald Trump claimed Friday morning which he canceled the military parade he had asked the Pentagon to plan, in addition to he blamed local D.C. politicians for “ridiculously high” costs.
The Pentagon announced the decision to cancel the planned November parade Thursday night, hours after CNBC reported which the event would likely cost $92 million — $80 million more than an initial estimate given in July.
“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see which. When asked to give us a cost for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high which I cancelled which,” Trump tweeted Friday.
In a second tweet, Trump noted which the funds saved by the currently-postponed parade could go toward buying brand-new fighter jets.
“Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. currently we can buy some more jet fighters!”
Trump’s tweet provoked a response by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: She called Trump a “reality star within the White House.”
The parade was scheduled for Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day in addition to just days after Election Day, when voters will decide which party will develop the majority in Congress. The parade, which was to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, had been estimated to cost $92 million, an official with knowledge of the planning told CNBC.
The figure consisted of $50 million by the Pentagon in addition to $42 million by interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. An initial estimate last month pegged the prospective cost for the parade at $12 million.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday night the Pentagon had no cost estimate.
which $92 million cost estimate included security, transportation of parade assets, aircraft, as well as temporary duty for troops. The official also noted which, while the size in addition to scope of the military parade can still shift, the plans included approximately eight tanks, as well as different armored vehicles like Bradleys, Strykers in addition to M113s.
The Pentagon said in a statement Thursday which which would likely “explore opportunities” in 2019 for Trump’s military parade.