The navy parade President Trump requested for November has been pushed again till 2019, the Pentagon introduced Thursday.
The occasion was initially scheduled to happen the day earlier than Veterans Day however has now been moved to an unknown date in 2019, a spokesman for the Pentagon mentioned in an announcement.
“The Division of Protection and White Home have been planning a parade to honor America’s navy veterans and commemorate the centennial of World Battle I,” the assertion mentioned. “We initially focused Nov. 10, 2018 for this occasion however have now agreed to discover alternatives in 2019.”
The Pentagon didn’t provide a motive for the delay.
Trump has obtained criticism over the price of placing on a parade at taxpayer expense. Over the winter, the president’s finances director mentioned the price could be between $10 and $30 million.
Since that point, value estimates have skyrocketed upwards of $90 million.
However Protection Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday pushed again on the figures, saying he hadn’t seen such an estimate.
“I’ve not seen an estimate of 92 million , the estimates are coming to me, I’ve given the preliminary steerage …” Mattis mentioned. “I have not obtained an estimate of 10 million or 92 million.”
In response to the rising prices of the parade, The American Legion mentioned that whereas they have been grateful for the “dramatic” present of help for U.S. troops, they thought the cash was “higher spent” elsewhere.
“The American Legion appreciates that our President desires to indicate in a dramatic vogue our nation’s help for our troops,” the assertion mentioned. “Nonetheless, till such time as we are able to have fun victory within the Battle on Terrorism and produce our navy residence, we predict the parade cash could be higher spent absolutely funding the Division of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their households the very best care attainable.”
Trump conceived the thought of a navy parade within the U.S. after attending France’s Bastille Day in July 2017, a celebration he referred to as “magnificent.”
The president requested the parade happen on the trail from the White Home to Capitol Hill. It was meant to focus on the contributions veterans have made “all through the historical past of the U.S. Navy,” in accordance with a earlier word from Mattis’s workplace and would date again from the Revolutionary Battle to current day, “with an emphasis on the worth of freedom.”
Fox Information’ Jennifer Griffin, Nicole Darrah and Constance McDonough contributed to this report.