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Fuming Trump Cancels Military Parade, Blames ‘DC Politicians’ For Cost. DC Mayor Response Is Perfect

President Donald Trump on Friday sent off a series of tweets saying that he was canceling plans for a military parade, blaming local politicians in Washington, D.C. for the $92 million price tag.

The cost of the parade had appeared to be escalating, with reports on Thursday estimating it would be $80 million more than previously estimated at a time of rising debt.

Trump complained that “local politicians” in D.C. were responsible for the high cost, though he offered no specific evidence.

“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th,” Trump wrote.

“Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN,” he added. “Now we can buy some more jet fighters!”

It wasn’t immediately clear what Trump was referring to in tweeting about a previously scheduled parade at Andrews Air Force Base, which is in Maryland near D.C.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser responded to Trump’s tweet with some sarcasm on Twitter, taking credit for “finally” getting through to the “reality star in the White House” about the cost of parades in D.C.

Despite cancelling the parade Friday morning, the president was lashing out at critics of the plans late Thursday, calling Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) a “loser” after the senator called on Trump to use the money instead to fund health benefits for veterans.

“How can “Senator” Richard Blumenthal, who went around for twenty years as a Connecticut politician bragging that he was a great Marine war hero in Vietnam (then got caught and sobbingly admitted he was neither a Marine nor ever in Vietnam), pass judgement on anyone? Loser!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

You can read Trump’s Friday morning tweet and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s response below.


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