Pentagon pushes Trump's military parade to 2019

Donald Trump's military parade planned for November postponed Pentagon

Donald Trump's military parade planned for November postponed Pentagon

The military parade President Trump requested for November has been pushed back to 2019, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

Trump has expressed a desire for such a parade for years and was greatly impressed by the Bastille Day march he witnessed on a presidential trip to Paris in 2017.

However, new estimates place the cost of the parade at $92 million - $80 million more than the initial estimates of $12 million.

He wrote that "the local politicians who run Washington, D.C". But what is new is that his planned military parade will cost US taxpayers exactly $80 million more than expected.

Members of the Democratic party were similarly sceptical, with congressman Jim McGovern declaring it "an absurd waste of money" on Twitter and saying Mr Trump "acts more like dictator than president".

The military and the White House have agreed to look at the possibility of staging the event in 2019, Pentagon spokesman Rob Manning said.

The Defense Department had announced Thursday there would be no parade in 2018.

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President Trump on Friday blamed local officials for his decision to postpone a grand military parade in Washington this fall, alleging without evidence that they had unreasonably inflated the price.

Trump said the drills were provocative and that dumping them would save the USA "a tremendous amount of money". Fighter jets, air transports, and helicopters will fly overhead, as well as historical planes. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers.

She listed the estimate of parades, events, and predicted demonstrations as $21.6 million.

A memo at the time said no tanks would be used so as not to damage the roads of the nation's capital.

Planners said that there would be a "heavy air component", and that the president would be surrounded by military heroes in the reviewing area.

"We're going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a attractive thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms", he added. In 1991, a massive parade was held to celebrate United States victory in the Gulf War, at a cost of $8 million.

U.S. media pointed out that Donald Trump cancelled planned military exercises with South Korea in June after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the grounds it would "save a fortune".

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