Trump’s Military Parade Will Cost Taxpayers About $12 Million, Report Says

July 19, 2018, 12:01 AM UTC
Newly sworn in President Donald Trump with his wife Melania walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House
WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 20: Newly sworn in President Donald Trump, right, salutes the Coast Guard marching in formation during the Inaugural parade. His wife Melania, left, and son Barron share a front row seat in the reviewing stand in front of the White House in Washington DC, January 20 2017. (Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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The military parade that President Trump asked the Pentagon to organize for him is likely to cost about $12 million, CNN reported, citing three US defense officials.

The officials said that the $12 million number is “a planning figure,” noting that the final figure could be different as plans for the event unfold. The parade is scheduled to take place in time to celebrate Veterans Day this November.

Earlier reports suggested that the parade will highlight the role of women in the military and the contributions of veterans from the Revolutionary War until today. It will not include tanks, which could damage the capitol’s infrastructure.

The news left some people on Twitter imagining how that money could be better spent.

Trump has been wishing to stage a military parade in Washington ever since visiting France last year, where he attended Bastille Day celebrations and was feted with a military parade along the Champs-Élysées and dinner at the Eiffel Tower. He later tasked the Pentagon with planning a parade of his own.

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