President Donald Trump said Friday that he canceled a U.S. military parade planned for Veterans Day weekend, blaming Washington city officials for inflating costs amid reports that indicated the event's price tag had soared over initial estimates.
"The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I", Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday.
Provisional figures released earlier on Thursday said the event could cost about $90 million (£71m) - more than three times an original estimate.
On Twitter, Trump accused local politicians of price gouging, although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.
The remainder would be absorbed by other agencies and involve security costs. The cost was initially put at a minimum of $10 million, a decline in real terms on a parade marking the end of the Gulf War in...
President Donald Trump's military parade will be delayed, reports The Washington Post.
"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump said in June after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Officials said the plans had not yet been approved by Defence Secretary James Mattis.
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But Trump's ambitious plans kept getting scaled back.
United States media were quick to highlight how the ballooning costs of the proposed parade stood in contrast to his concern about the expense of conducting joint military exercises with South Korea.
A memo at the time said no tanks would be used so as not to damage the roads of the nation's capital.
The White House would have been consulted on the decision to postpone the parade, the official said.
Others suggested the money could be better spent improving the lives of destitute veterans. The last time the USA held a major parade for its military was in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War.
"The American Legion appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops", National Commander Denise Rohan said.