DC Mayor Taunts Trump After Cancellation Of Military Parade

Nellie Chapman
August 18, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he had cancelled a military parade planned for November due to high costs - hours after the Pentagon indefinitely postponed the much-maligned event - and would instead head to Paris for ceremonies marking the end of World War I.

"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, " Trump insisted, adding that next year he expects the costs to go way down, and in the meantime he'll "buy some more jet fighters". Never let someone hold you up!

Trump took to Twitter to diss and dismiss Bowser and her crew, saying that he was forced to axe the parade after officials inflated the price for hosting the event. And that set off a volley of tweets and accusations between the president and the mayor of the nation's capital.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser hit back, sarcastically emulating the president's characteristic Twitter tone. A city official said the $21.6 million estimate of the costs the city would incur was their "best stab at it", since they did not know what the exact route would be or how long it would last.

A city official added that the Trump administration requested an estimate from the city this week.

The Defense Department had announced on Thursday there would be no parade in 2018. But a USA official said the planning estimate had now gone as high as $92m.

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"Whoever told you that is probably smoking something that is legal in my state (Washington), but not in most states, ok".

"Whoever wrote it needs to get better sources".

The expenses borne by the Pentagon, including moving and staffing military equipment for the parade, would bring the overall cost to $92 million, according to several news reports.

Earlier this year, the White House budget director told Congress that the cost to taxpayers could be US$10 million to US$30 million. The Pentagon later said the Korea drills would have cost $14 million.

As for Trump's desire for parades, they began a year ago after he visited France to meet with Emmanuel Macron and became enamored with the country's military festivities.

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