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>> President Trump liked France's military parade so much that he ordered one of his own.>> We may do something like that on July 4th in Washington
]>> But following a report that the Pentagon was delaying the parade, Trump, on Friday, cancelled it altogether, blaming the cost on local D.C. politicians who, quote, wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it.
A US official told Reuters that the parade could cost more than $90 million, an estimate that the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he hadn't seen.>> Whoever told you that is probably smoking something that's legal in my state, but not in most states, okay.>>
Earlier in the year, the White House Budget Chief said it cost US taxpayers between $10 and $30 million.
Critics say that at a time when the Pentagon is struggling to cover the expenses of training, support, and personnel, the government shouldn't be spending millions of dollars on an unnecessary display of troops and weapons. The festivities would honor US military veterans and commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I.
But military parades in the US are rare, and such displays in other countries are usually staged to celebrate victories in battle or showcase military might.