A U.S. official disclosed that the military parade that was requested by Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, would likely cost more than $90 million. He was citing the provisional planning estimates.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that the cost estimate of approximately $92 million had not yet been approved by Jim Mattis, the US Defense Secretary, and could still be revised. The said parade is anticipated to take place this coming November.
Last February, President Trump suggested that the Pentagon should explore a parade as a celebration for the American troops after the Republican president was astonished by the Bastille Day military parade that he was able to attend in Paris last year.
Earlier this year, the budget chief of the White House said that the parade would cost the taxpayers of the United States between $10 million and $30 million.
A memo from the Pentagon that was released last March said that the route of the parade would have a “heavy air component at the end of the parade.”
The memo added that the said event would concentrate on the contributions of the military troops of the United States throughout history, beginning from the American Revolutionary War.
Numerous critics have expressed criticism regarding the concept of a costly display of weapons and troops at a time when the Pentagon is still having a hard time to cover the expenses of support, personnel, and training.
In the United States of America, military parades are generally rare. While in other countries, these kinds of parades are ordinarily organised in order to showcase military might or celebrate victories in battle.
In 1991, tanks and thousands of troops marched and paraded through Washington in order as a celebration of the ousting of the Iraqi forces of President Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in the Gulf War.