- President Trump’s long-desired military parade is now expected to cost $US80 million more than expected, CNBC reported Thursday.
- Congress has already authorised the parade, which is slated to take place on November 10 in Washington.
WASHINGTON – The grand military parade that President Donald Trump wants to hold in the nation’s capital in November is now expected to cost $US92 million – $US80 million more than the original estimate.
According to a report by CNBC, the Department of Defence now assesses that the parade will cost significantly more, including $US50 million from DOD and $US42 million from interagency partners. The original cost estimates were in the realm of $US12 million.
A massive parade down the streets of Washington is an expensive endeavour, which would include a large-scale security operation on top of the other costs to put it on this fall.
In May, when Republicans were getting ready to include funding for the parade in their annual defence bill, a Republican aide clarified that any equipment used would be at the discretion of Defence Secretary James Mattis.
“Of course you’re gonna see a 21-gun salute, you’re gonna see firing of cannons, and things like that – that’s OK – that’s traditional ceremonial function,” the aide said. “What we don’t wanna see are tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
But the CNBC report noted that the parade is currently expected to include “approximately eight tanks, as well as other armoured vehicles, including Bradleys, Strykers and M113s.”
Trump demanded that the administration begin exploring a large parade for himself after attending the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump’s parade, which will run down Pennsylvania Ave, is slated for November 10.
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