American Legion: Trump Should Spend Money On Vets Instead Of Parade

The cost for Trump's controversial military parade to be held several days before Veterans Day is reportedly going to top $90 million

"I want a parade like the one in France", he reportedly told military aides in February.

"We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019", Defense Department Spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said in a statement.

The parade to honor US military veterans and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One could cost more than $90 million, the USA official said, citing provisional planning figures that were almost three times an earlier White House estimate.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the parade would cost about $92 million - more than three times the maximum initial estimate, according to the Associated Press.

This new estimate came from a USA defense official who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity.

The Pentagon and White House announced they would delay a military parade requested by President Trump, as the latest estimates put its costs at more than $90 million and the administration and military officials struggled to agree on what it should look like.

The new figure consists of 50 million dollars from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security.

The defense official said that the parade would include Bradleys, as well as other armored vehicles including Strykers and M113s.

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US President Donald Trump requested a parade after seeing France's Bastille Day event in 2017 and expressing a desire to "top it".

The parade's cost has become a politically charged issue, particularly after the Pentagon canceled a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, in the wake of Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He initially suggested a Fourth of July parade, but in March a memo from the Office of the Secretary of Defense suggested it would be integrated with the existing D.C. Veterans Day parade.

Trump said the drills were provocative and that dumping them would save the United States "a tremendous amount of money".

Hours earlier, officials said costs had blown out to US$92 million. Big, heavy tanks could tear up streets in the District of Columbia.

The White House would have been consulted on the decision to postpone the parade, the official said.

The last military parade held in the nation's capital ran in 1991, after the end of the Gulf War.

"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.

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