Donald Trump says will attend November WWI parade in Paris

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The president announced that he would cancel the parade, originally planned for November, and attend an Armistice Day parade in Paris after the Pentagon initially said it was exploring opportunities in 2019 for the parade.

"The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I", Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday.

A United States official told AFP yesterday the planning estimate had soared as high as $92 million, though no final figure has been reached.

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In a statement, a Pentagon spokesman on Thursday provided no reason for the apparent postponement, which came amid a spate of news reports that the event, which is expected to include aircraft, vehicles, period uniforms and symbols of US power, could cost up to $92 million, far more than originally estimated. But preliminary estimates from the Pentagon showed that more than half the price tag would come from military aircraft, equipment, personnel and other support. Other agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security, would incur other costs.

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday said that the reports of a $92 million tab were inaccurate and that he has "received no such estimate".

He probably wouldn't be able to buy that many jet fighters with the money.

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As noted by CNBC, this parade and its cost appear to contradict Trump's past comments about the importance of "not doing war games". It also said there would be "wheeled vehicles only, no tanks - consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure".

The high costs of the parade had become a target for Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who questioned Trump's plan to spend tens of millions of dollars during wartime on the ceremonial exercise. The last time the USA held a major parade for its military was in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War.

The parade had been slated to happen in Washington, D.C., and had evolved from Mr. Trump's vision of a Bastille Day-like event into a celebration of and thanks to the military.

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The images of people carrying torches and shouting racist slogans as they marched shocked the city, the country and the world. Chaos erupted before the event even began, with participants and counter-protesters brawling in the street.

The president praised the event and said: "We're going to have to try and top it".

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