Politics Trump's military parade could cost up to $30 million

22:21  14 february  2018
22:21  14 february  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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President Trump wants a military parade . His budget director says it could cost the United States $ 30 million at a time of rising deficits. “We have been putting together some options, we will send them up to the White House for decision.”

The White House budget director says a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between million and as much as $ 30 million , and that this money was not included in the administration’ s new budget request.

a group of people posing for the camera: U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron with Brigitte Macron attend the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017.© Hahn Lionel/Abaca Press/TNS U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron with Brigitte Macron attend the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

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The cost would depend on how many troops are involved and the types of military equipment chosen, Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee.

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Though the idea for the parade is still in its early stages of planning, it has been heavily criticised. Trump ' s military parade would cost between US million and US$ 30 million (NZm-40m), White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says.

President Donald Trump wants a military parade in Washington DC sometime in the next year. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget says that the parade would cost between $US10 and $US 30 million , and that it is not part of the FY19 budget.

"I've seen various different costs estimates of between $10 million and $30 million, depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those kind of things," Mulvaney said.

Pentagon officials have said they are preparing options in a response to a request from Trump for a military parade to showcase America's armed forces and military might, similar to the annual French Bastille Day parade that he attended in July in Paris.

The Pentagon last staged a parade in Washington in 1991 to celebrate victory in the first Persian Gulf War, which saw a vast U.S.-led military coalition push Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

More than 8,000 troops marched down Constitution Avenue as stealth fighter planes soared overhead and tanks and Patriot missile batteries rolled past an estimated 200,000 people. The event was reported to cost $12 million.

Officials are reportedly considering staging Trump's parade on Veterans Day, which is on Nov. 11.

The proposed federal budget released this week did not include money for the parade, so the White House presumably would have to seek funding from Congress.

"We'd have to appropriate funds for it, we'd have to find funds for it," Mulvaney told Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. "We've not done much research on it," he added.

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Concern grows within military about Trump's proposed parade .
There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause. If Trump insists on a military parade through Washington involving thousands of troops, armored vehicles, missiles and other heavy weapons the event could disrupt crucial military training schedules, according to a defense official directly familiar with the initial planning efforts.

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