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News ID: 27534
Publish Date: 20:47 - 17 August 2018
US President Donald Trump has postponed until next year plans for a military parade originally slated for November in Washington, DC, citing the increased cost of the event.

Trump postpones military parade planned for November in WashingtonTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The request sparked a strong public reaction, particularly regarding a White House estimate earlier this year that the parade would cost US taxpayers between $10 million and $30 million.

The Thursday announcement came hours after the Defense Department released an updated cost estimate for the planned parade, which put the price tag for the event at $92 million, including $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from the Department of Homeland Security.

The larger price tag highlighted by the federal government agencies was necessary to get the aircraft and other military equipment to the parade, to ensure security and to pay for the troops to be present, among other costs, according to the Pentagon.

Critics of the parade and Trump's political opponents say Washington should not spend money on a costly display of troops and weapons when the Pentagon is struggling to cover the expenses of training, support and personnel.

Military parades in the United States are generally rare. Such parades in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.

The last US military parade was in 1991, when tanks and thousands of troops paraded through Washington to celebrate the ousting of Iraqi forces from Kuwait during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Source: Press TV

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