President Trump’s planned military parade down the streets of Washington, D.C., will reportedly cost taxpayers $92 million — $80 million more than was initially estimated.
The Department of Defense’s updated cost estimates for the parade, slated for Nov. 10, includes $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners, including the Department of Homeland Security, according to CNBC.
CNN reported last month that the parade would cost close to $12 million.
The parade is expected to include helicopter, fighter jet, transport aircraft as well as historical military plane flyovers. Troops in period uniforms representing the past, present and future forces will march in the parade, as well.
It will also reportedly include about eight tanks and other armored vehicles.
“I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” GOP Sen. John Kennedy (La.) told reporters earlier this year. “America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.”
“We’re not North Korea, we’re not Russia and we’re not China, and I don’t want to be,” Kennedy said. “And for that reason I would be against flaunting our strength. We don’t need to; everybody knows we have it.”
A spokesperson for the Pentagon told CNBC that the Defense Department is planning on making a formal announcement about the costs soon.
Or roughly $2,300 for each of the 40,000 homeless American veterans. https://t.co/h3Y2Tv8ATP
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) August 16, 2018