WASHINGTON — President Trump’s military parade will not come cheap.
Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, estimated Wednesday that the public display of America’s military might that Trump has called for could cost between $10 million and $30 million, and said the government would have to come up with a way to cover the cost.
Funding for the parade was not included in the White House’s 2019 budget request, which was released Monday, because it was a relatively new idea, Mulvaney said at a House Budget Committee hearing.
The president has said that he wants to celebrate the armed forces with a spectacle akin to the Bastille Day parade in France.
The last such celebration in Washington occurred in the summer of 1991 when the end of the 41-day Persian Gulf war was celebrated with a $12 million victory parade.