White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that President Trump’s military parade could cost as much as $30 million.
“I’ve seen various different cost estimates of between $10 million and $30 million depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those kind of things,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney said the White House would have to work with Congress on the funding if “we decide to push forward with that initiative,” because the cost of a parade isn’t included in the fiscal 2019 budget.
“We’d have to appropriate funds for it, we’d have to find funds for it,” he said.
“We’ve not done much research on it yet,” Mulvaney added.
The Hill added:
Officials said earlier this month that they are in the planning stages for the event following a Washington Post report that the Pentagon was adhering to Trump’s request for a large-scale parade.
Trump has proposed a military parade multiple times during his presidency. After witnessing the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris in July, he told French President Emmanuel Macron that he was considering a similar demonstration for the July 4th.
Democrats have joined with some GOP lawmakers to speak out against the parade, with many saying it could come off as “totalitarian” and would evoke demonstrations in North Korea and Russia.
Some have said a parade would be a waste of money, and that more should be invested into services like mental health care for veterans instead.
“America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).