After attending a military parade in France for Bastille Day last year, President Trump began to plan for a similar event in Washington, DC, to coincide with Veteran’s Day, 2018. However, when made aware of what such a parade would cost the Federal budget, Trump backed down and cancelled, blaming the mayor of DC and local politicians of price gouging.
“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “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. Never let someone hold you up!”
The initial estimate on the cost of a parade was given at $12 million, but soon after the price tag rose to $30 million, and not long after that, $92 million.
A short time after the decision to cancel was announced and reported by CNBC, the Pentagon made its own announcement, saying the parade was only postponed, and not cancelled outright. The Defense Department did explain what changed their minds, but they did say that they were planning to “explore opportunities in 2019.”
Trump’s plan for a parade was first introduced in February, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Since the plan for a US parade has been shelved for the time being, Trump is beginning to formulate what he will be doing this coming Veteran’s Day.
“I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th,” the president posted online this past Friday. “Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!”