WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The military parade that President Donald Trump needs to stage, probably in Washington, would cost U.S. taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief stated on Wednesday in remarks on the administration’s fiscal 2019 spending plan.
Mick Mulvaney, who in a congressional listening to continued a broad protection of the $Four.Four-trillion plan he started earlier this week, was requested concerning the parade, which Trump’s spending plan doesn’t escape as a particular merchandise.
“The estimates I’ve seen, they’re very preliminary, is between $10 million and $30 million, depending upon the length,” stated Mulvaney, director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). “Obviously an hour parade is different from a five-hour parade in terms of the cost and the equipment and those types of things.”
According to media stories, Trump got here up with the thought of displaying off U.S. military would possibly after a 2017 journey to France when he and French President Emmanuel Macron reviewed that nation’s protection forces marching down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Trump ordered the Defense Department to look right into a comparable show of military would possibly that he could assessment.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated final week he believed Trump needs Washington to host the parade however left open the chance that it could be staged elsewhere.
Critics have ridiculed the thought of a pricey show of troops and weapons at a time when the Pentagon is struggling to cowl the bills of coaching, assist and personnel.
Democratic Representative Barbara Lee questioned Mulvaney at a House of Representatives Budget Committee listening to concerning the prices. She famous, “You know the parade is very similar to those held in authoritarian countries like North Korea.”
Mulvaney stated on the listening to, “We’ve actually had many military parades in this country before. I think we had one as recently as the 1990s, and maybe one more recently than that.”
MULVANEY SAYS BACKS BUDGET
Ahead of Mulvaney’s testimony, Republican committee Chairman Steve Womack requested concerning the deficit influence of Trump’s spending plan. Mulvaney confronted related inquiries earlier this week.
At a Senate panel listening to on Tuesday, he was requested if he would vote for the Trump spending plan if he had been nonetheless in Congress, which he was earlier than Trump employed him to run OMB.
“I probably would have found enough shortcomings in this to vote against it,” Mulvaney stated on the time.
On Wednesday, Mulvaney walked that again, telling the House panel he thought he had been requested not about Trump’s budget, however a few narrower two-year spending-caps deal.
“I read in the newspapers this morning that someone reported that I wouldn’t support this budget if I were in Congress. That is absolutely false,” Mulvaney stated. “I absolutely, without reservation, support this budget.”
Additional reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Cynthia Osterman