Ross Gianfortune | August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pentagon and Trump: There Won't Be a Military Parade in Washington in 2018

A September military parade down Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées is said to be one example Trump wants the U.S. parade to follow. A September military parade down Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées is said to be one example Trump wants the U.S. parade to follow. Shealah Craighead/White House

There won't be a parade of tanks, troops and a flyover as part of Veterans Day celebrations in Washington this November. Pentagon officials announced the change of plans late yesterday, with President Trump Friday blaming a "ridiculously high" price tag on city officials.

Director of Defense Press Operations Col. Rob Manning said late Thursday that the Pentagon and the administration will "explore opportunities in 2019," according to AP, and Trump tweeted twice about the parade being canceled, citing the cost.

After reports circulated Thursday that estimated costs of a Veterans Day military parade in the nation's capital had risen to  $92 million, Government Executive's Erich Wagner reported that some of Trump's requests, like tanks, would run afoul of an NDAA provision prohibiting "motorized vehicles."

According to Just Security reporter and editor Kate Brannen, Chief of Staff and decorated veteran John Kelly was one of the first to balk at the new cost estimates on Thursday afternoon.

According to CNBC, the estimated $92 million would have been split between $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from other agency partners like the Homeland Security Department. The money would cover transportation of troops, weapons and other "parade assets." CNBC also reported that the parade would showcase some of the military's storied past.

The parade is also expected to include helicopter, fighter jet, transport aircraft as well as historical military plane flyovers. Troops in period uniforms representing the past, present and future forces will march in the parade, as well.

According to CNBC, Trump's interest in a military parade is said to be largely inspired by the president's front-row seat at France's Bastille Day military parade in Paris last year. Trump's reference in his Friday tweet seems to support this, as well as the series of photos released by the White House after the 2017 visit to France.

"It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue," Trump said at the time.

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