Trump Cancels Military Parade Over Cost, Blames Local Politicians

President Trump's military parade to cost an estimated $92 million

He tweeted that local politicians had asked for a "ridiculously high" figure.

Earlier this year, the White House budget chief said the parade would cost us taxpayers between $10 million and $30 million.

The President said he will instead "attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, (and) go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th".

The new price tag was estimated by the Department of Defense and partners working on the parade, which is planned to take place on November 10.

President Trump has been itching to hold a massive military parade where he could observe all the cool military equipment, because that idea occupies the exact sweet spot in the Venn diagram between "aspiring authoritarian" and "small child somehow gains terrifying powers".

How exactly did Trump explain the cancellation?

"Don't blame others", Washington, D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson, another Democrat, also tweeted.

"War I", Department of Defense Spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement.

How did events unfold before Trump's intervention?

Critics had blasted the planned Washington parade, questioning the lofty cost and the need for it as the Pentagon has sought to stabilize an over-stretched military. It also said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

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 Department of Defense and its interagency partners have updated their perspective cost estimates for the parade, according to a USA defense official with firsthand knowledge of the assessment.

The focus was set to be the work of USA military veterans through the ages, starting with the American revolution.

As noted at the time, the military parade was expected to cost as much as the "tremendously expensive" bilateral military exercise that Trump swiftly cancelled with South Korea in the wake of the historic Singapore summit. The last time the USA held a major parade for its military was in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War.

Military parades in the United States are generally rare.

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