The military parade President Trump wished for, will eventually cost the federal government between $10 million and $30 million, according to budget director Mick Mulvaney’s estimations, Thursday.
Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, when asked by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., during a inquiry on the president’s planned 2019 budget about a potential price tag of a military parade, an idea that the president is considering, said the following:
“It’s between 10 [million] and 30 [million], depending upon the length,” Mulvaney said. “Obviously an hour parade is different than a five-hour parade in terms of cost and equipment and those types of things.”
Mulvaney stated that the money was not incorporated in Trump’s budget application for 2019 since the president began talking about a military parade with defense officials just last month. The budget director said Congress would either be obliged to allocate money for the event if it were to move forward, or the Trump administration would have to find funds.
“We’ve not done much research on it yet,” Mulvaney said.
Trump promoted the likelihood of a military parade to emphasize the power of the military and admiration of the troops during a meeting at the Pentagon last month. The idea originated from the Bastille Day celebration Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended with French President Emmanuel Macron last year.
The president is allegedly fascinated with the idea of military parade taking place down Pennsylvania Avenue and potentially occurring on Veterans Day, which this year overlaps with the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters last week the Pentagon is “putting together some options” for a military parade to send to the White House for a final decision, but noted planning for an event is in the early stages.