Trump Claims He Personally Canceled Military Parade Because DC Officials Cited “Ridiculously High” Price

The Washington Post reports:

President Trump on Friday blamed local officials for his decision to postpone a grand military parade in Washington this fall, alleging without evidence that they had unreasonably inflated the price.

Trump said it was possible the parade could be staged next year if the cost “comes WAY DOWN” and added that with the savings “we can buy some more jet fighters!” His tweets, which did not elaborate on his allegations about the city government, came a day after the Pentagon said the parade might be postponed amid questions about the event’s increasing costs.

About an hour after the president’s tweet, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) delivered her own caustic response on Twitter, indicating the desired parade would have cost $21.6 million to organize in the nation’s capital. The federal government typically reimburses the District for a large share of the security and logistical costs for such events.