American Legion: Trump Should Spend Money On Vets Instead Of Parade

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after arriving in Marine One from a recent trip to NY at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2018.

The announcement came after it was reported the parade would cost $92m (£72m), according to military estimates - more than three times the cost first suggested by the White House.

An administration official told CNN that the $92 million figure was a planning estimate for an event that would meet Trump's intent, and that about half of that amount is for non-military costs like security, some of which would involve the city of Washington.

A military parade ordered by US President Donald Trump for later this year has been postponed until at least 2019, a defense official said Thursday, following reports the cost had soared to over $90 million.

The new price tag was estimated by the Department of Defense and partners working on the parade, which is planned to take place on November 10.

The official also said that experts put to rest concerns about whether the Abrams tank, which weighs just shy of 70 tons, would ruin infrastructure in Washington.

The District of Columbia Council had ridiculed the idea of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile (1.9-km) stretch between the Capitol and the White House that is also the site of the Trump International Hotel.

He added, "Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN".

It's unclear if French President Emmanuel Macron has even invited Mr. Trump to Paris for the event. Those estimates were likely based on the cost of previous military parades, such as the one in the nation's capital in 1991 celebrating the end of the first Gulf War, and factored in some additional increase for inflation.

The American Legion said in a statement Thursday that the organization appreciates Trump's desire to "show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops".

Trump had called for the patriotic show of force a year ago after watching France's Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris at the invitation of the French president.

The White House budget office had told Congress that the total cost of the parade would be somewhere between $10 million and $30 million.

Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis cautioned that "planning for the Military Veterans Day Parade continues and final details are still being developed".

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