On Friday, President Trump tweeted that he “cancelled” his planned military parade because of high cost estimates.
The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. 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. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018
The administration’s original estimate for the cost of the parade was around $12 million, but CNBC reports: “The Department of Defense and its interagency partners have updated their prospective cost estimates for the parade, according to a U.S. defense official with firsthand knowledge of the assessment. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.The parade, originally slated for Nov. 10 but now potentially set for 2019, is estimated to cost $92 million.”
That’s a full $80 million dollars over the initial estimate. The current $92 million estimate covers security, aircraft, transportation of various military assets, as well as paying the troops. There was also preliminary talk that the parade would include helicopters, fighter jets, transport aircraft, and ceremonial military plane flyovers. It’s unknown how much of that was included in the final plans, but Donald Trump is not known for austerity — when it comes to things that celebrate him — because of course that’s what this parade was about. It has nothing to do with appreciation of our military.
The mayor of D.C., Muriel Bowser, decided to have a little bit of fun with the president on Twitter.
Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad). https://t.co/vqC3d8FLqx
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) August 17, 2018