U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he had cancelled his military parade in Washington and would instead visit Paris on November 11 to commemorate Veterans Day, after the Defence Department said it had postponed the event to at least next year.
But in Trump's tweets, the Republican President blamed local Washington officials for seeking a "windfall", and suggested they were inflating the parade's costs.
Trump blaming the cost on local DC politicians, who "wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it". They were asked to give a price for the military parade but their demand was so high that the parade had to be cancelled eventually. "Never let someone hold you up!" he wrote.
In his tweets, Trump said he would go to a parade in Paris to mark Armistice Day on November 11 and also attend a "big parade" already scheduled at Joint Base Andrews this fall.
The US President added that "maybe" the event would be held next year and stated that now the country can "buy some more jet fighters".
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis questioned the $92 million figure on Thursday, telling the AP that whoever leaked the figure to the press was "probably smoking something".
In a statement Thursday evening, the Department of Defense said they and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019". It also was expected to involve a number of military aircraft flyovers.
The Elysee Palace, the official residence of French President Emmanuel Macron, had no immediate comment on Trump's planned visit.
"Whoever wrote it needs to get better sources".
Since day one of the Trump administration, there have been way too many reports of frivolous spending of taxpayer money by cabinet officials.
Also in February, Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney put the parade cost between $10 million and $30 million.
By Friday morning, Trump essentially accused the capital city's government of price gouging. On Thursday, August 16, said the representative of the Ministry of defense Colonel Robb manning. "I'll just leave it at that", Mattis told reporters traveling with him.
Bowser said she opposes the parade regardless of the price. He noted that France had represented uniforms and equipment from different wars and that the Bastille Day parade lasted a full two hours. "However, until then, until you get to celebrate the victory over terrorism and to bring our troops home, we think that the money allocated for the parade, it would be better spent on funding for the Department of veterans Affairs and to provide the military and their families with all possible support".
"There is only one person who wants this parade", said a senior US official at the time, referring to Trump, to NBC News.
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