Trump’s military parade will be delayed at least until 2019

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights "is now or never" Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue U.S. steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE's military parade planned for Veterans Day has been postponed until at least next year, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

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.

On Twitter, Trump accused local politicians of price gouging, although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel. A new estimate from the department found that the parade was going to cost almost $100 million - an outrageous price tag for what amounts to a vanity project for history's most insecure president.

A Pentagon memo from March said the parade route would have a "heavy air component at the end of the parade". "It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue", Trump said.

A Defense Department spokesman told USA TODAY earlier Thursday finals plans for the parade have not yet been approved and that costs could still change. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss early planning estimates that have not yet been finalized or released publicly.

In his tweets, Trump said he would go a parade in Paris on November 11 and also attend a "big parade" already scheduled at Joint Base Andrews this fall.

U.S. media pointed out that Donald Trump cancelled planned military exercises with South Korea in June after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the grounds it would "save a fortune". Some share of the higher cost of close to $100 million is expected to be paid by other government agencies that would take part in organizing or securing the event.

Others suggested the money could be better spent improving the lives of destitute veterans.

Such large parades have been rare in recent USA history, though the George H.W. Bush administration staged a military parade in Washington in 1991 after the conclusion of the Persian Gulf War. French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a gathering of world leaders in Paris on November 11 to celebrate the anniversary.

"The American Legion appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops", National Commander Denise Rohan said.

"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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