Report: Trump's military parade will cost much more than anyone thought

Matt Saintsing
August 16, 2018 - 1:37 pm

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The cost of President Trump’s planned military parade in downtown Washington, D.C. is coming in a cool $80 million over than originally thought, CNBC reported Thursday. 

Citing a U.S. defense official with “firsthand knowledge of the assessment,” CNBC reported that the parade scheduled for Nov. 10.—a a day before Veterans Day—is estimated to cost a total of $92 million.  

The high price tag includes $50 million from the DoD and an additional $42 million from other government agencies. In July, Military Times reported the initial cost for the parade would be $12 million. 

Security, transportation of military equipment—including aircraft—and temporary duty (TDY) pay for troops is what CNBC attributed to the ballooning cost. The official said equipment includes eight tanks, an unspecified amount of other armored vehicles, such as Bradleys, Strykers, and armored personnel carriers. 

Denise Rohan, national commander of the American Legion, encouraged Trump that the money could better spent elsewhere to provide to for the military and veterans. In a statement, she said that the veterans group "appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation’s support for our troops. However, until such time as we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”

The parade is intended to highlight the nation’s military strength and to pay homage to American service members, past and present. Trump got the idea when he visited France last year for Bastille Day, and was impressed with what he saw. 

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump scrapped a planned military exercise in South Korea over what the administration called a “tremendously expensive” military drill. That cost was around $14 million. 

The question begs if $14 million is too much for a planned military exercise with one of the United States’ most stalwart allies, why is $92 million an acceptable cost for a parade? 

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