WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has canceled the big military parade he wanted, at least for this year, after press reports of a $92 million price tag. Trump blamed local officials for inflating the cost, even though much of it was believed to have come from the Pentagon.
On Twitter, Trump blamed local politicians for price gouging, although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.
The Defense Department said Thursday the parade would not happen this year. Trump on Friday added that maybe it would happen in 2019 "when the cost comes WAY DOWN."
Trump blamed local politicians for inflating the cost, although much of the projected $92 million cost was believed to cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she got through to the president on "the realities" of "parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad)."
Bowser also released the following statement:
“The District has a long history of hosting parades, protests, and demonstrations including National Special Security Events. We have always done so professionally, fairly, and efficiently. That has and will continue to be the case. As the District has shown as recently as this past weekend, we can execute these events even under the toughest of circumstances. Any statement to the contrary is an affront to those who safely host events in our nation’s capital each and every day, including our first responders.”