WASHINGTON — The mayor of Washington, D.C. is firing back at President Donald Trump, who blamed local officials for the “ridiculously high” cost of his proposed Veterans Day military parade.
Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she was the one who “finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).”
Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad). https://t.co/vqC3d8FLqx
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) August 17, 2018
The Associated Press has reported that officials thought the full price tag would be about $92 million.
The Defense Department said Thursday the parade would not happen this year. Trump on Friday added that maybe it would happen in 2019 “when the cost comes WAY DOWN.”
Trump blamed local politicians for inflating the cost, but although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.