Donald Trump military parade put on hold amid reports of soaring costs

President Trump's military parade to cost an estimated $92 million

The Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million, US officials say, citing preliminary estimates more than three times the price first suggested by the White House.

The American Legion said in a statement Thursday that money that will be spent on an upcoming military parade "would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible".

The nation's military leaders did not explain why the parade, which has been in the planning stages for many months, was postponed, except to say they have "agreed to explore opportunities in 2019".

In the USA, armed parades have typically been held only to commemorate particular military feats.

Discussions about a parade began in February when Mr Trump demanded a show of pageantry similar to the one he and his wife, Melania, saw on Bastille Day in Paris a year ago.

The high costs of the parade had become a target for Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who questioned Trump's plan to spend tens of millions of dollars during wartime on the ceremonial exercise.

Trump blamed local politicians for inflating the cost, although much of the projected $92 million cost was believed to cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.

As the invited guest of French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many US -made planes, along the famed Champs-Elysees.

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The estimate comes as the Department of Defense and others involved update their costs.

A city official added that the Trump administration requested an estimate from the city this week.

US military parades usually only happen at the end of major wars. I will instead.attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th.

As noted by CNBC, this parade and its cost appear to contradict Trump's past comments about the importance of "not doing war games".

Tanks, helicopters, fighter jets, transport aircraft and historical military planes were all to be used to show off America's military might.

It later emerged that the drills cost about $14 million, a fraction of the price of a military parade.

"We're going to have to try to top it", Trump reportedly joked to Macron at the UN General Assembly in September.

The final plan has not been approved by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, according to local media.

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