Director of the United States government budget, Mick Mulvaney estimates that the military parade wanted by Donald Trump will cost taxpayers up to 30 million dollars.
"I've seen estimates of costs between 10 and 30 million dollars depending on the size of the parade," Mulvaney said. The Budget Committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday (14/2).
The US government is reportedly considering a parade on Veterans Day.
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Mulvaney told lawmakers the event fund was not included in the 2019 budget that Trump had proposed because the parade plan had just been delivered recently. Mulvaney said the Trump administration should cooperate with Congress "if we decide to carry out" the parade.
Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the Pentagon is still in the early stages of planning and is still considering options. Trump proposed holding a parade in Washington after seeing a military march on Bastille Day warning in Paris last July.
There was a bipartisan opposition to the proposal in Congress, most of the MPs saying such a parade would be regarded by the whole world as a symbol of dictatorship .
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says it will approve a parade that honors members of the armed forces, but a "Soviet-style" parade featuring large military weapons will be a sign of "weakness."
Senator John Kennedy, also Republican, reporters said last week, "I think an unconfident person will be out loud." Kennedy added: "America is the most powerful country in human history, and we do not have to show it off." [my/ii]