Trump blamed local politicians for the escalating costs, tweeting Friday morning, "The local politicians who run Washington, D.C". Mr. Trump tweeted that perhaps something could be scheduled next year when the price "comes WAY DOWN". He did not explain how the costs would be reduced.
The Republican president vowed to attend a different event at a base near Washington and then "go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th". "Now we can buy some more jet fighters!" He did not offer additional details.
In a statement Thursday evening, the Department of Defense said they and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019". But a United States official said the planning estimate had now gone as high as $92m.
Officials said the parade plans had not yet been approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
He added, "I'm not dignifying that number ($92 million) with a reply".
"Whoever told you that is probably smoking something that's legal in my state, but not in most states", he said.
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"Whoever wrote it needs to get better sources. I'll just leave it at that", Mattis told reporters traveling with him. Trump said the drills were provocative and that dumping them would save the USA "a tremendous amount of money".
She said the event would cost more than $21 million. 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. "Any cost estimates are pre-decisional". But officials said the estimates were still preliminary and so were not submitted to Mattis or Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Yes, a military parade would be an impressive and awe-inspiring showcase of our armed forces. It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers, which can carry significant costs in personnel, aircraft and support. Big, heavy tanks could tear up streets in the District of Columbia.
Bowser said in a later interview that she found the accusation that D.C. officials were trying to exaggerate the city's security costs galling, especially since the city had been working to plan the event with little lead time.
One veterans group weighed in on Thursday against the parade.
As for Trump's desire for parades, they began previous year after he visited France to meet with Emmanuel Macron and became enamored with the country's military festivities.