Pentagon pushes Trump's military parade to 2019

Minnie Murray
August 17, 2018

A military parade requested by U.S. President Donald Trump could cost more than $90 million (70.78 million pounds), a U.S. official said, citing provisional planning figures, almost three times an earlier White House estimate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss early planning estimates that have not yet been finalized or released publicly. The remainder would be borne by other agencies and largely involve security costs.

The final plan has not been approved by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, according to local media.

The cancelation is likely a disappointment for Trump, who was impressed with a military parade he attended in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating Bastille Day.

At the time, reports explained that the exercise was routine and would have cost less than one fighter jet, or approximately $14 million. That celebration cost around $8 million, The Washington Post reports, and even then citizens were divided on whether the event was necessary.

Trump has also embraced military backdrop for several speeches and presidential visits.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after arriving in Marine One from a recent trip to NY at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2018.

The American Legion suggested in a statement on Thursday evening that the parade be postponed until "we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home".

The parade's budget director had offered an estimate of between $10m (£7.8m) and $30m (£23.6m) when the White House announced its request in February.

Trump's military parade is now estimated to cost taxpayers $80 million more than the original figure. The cost was initially put at a minimum of $10 million, a decline in real terms on a parade marking the end of the Gulf War in...

There are now 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, which ended in 1953 in an armistice that left the two Koreas technically still at war.

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