President Donald Trump postponed his military parade aimed to highlight Veterans until 2019 because of the high cost.
On Friday, CNN’s Jake Tapper panelists bashed the president for wanting the parade only to soothe his “ego.” The only people who want the parade are Donald Trump and Donald Trump, they said.
Political commentator Amanda Carpenter said there are various ways for President Trump to honor Veterans instead of having an elaborate parade.
“Every Friday all summer long the Marine barracks do a parade. Go visit that. They would probably love to have you. Go to a military base. Go see the planes fly. There are ways to do this to highlight the Veterans. You don’t need the tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue to show your might for the whole world,” Carpenter said.
President Trump blamed Washington, D.C. officials for the high cost in a tweet.
“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 canceled it,” President Trump tweeted.
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…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018
Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden said canceling the parade will save taxpayer dollars and that nobody wanted to have the event in the first place.
“I think this demonstrates the efficiency of the D.C government. I’d like to applaud them for saving the taxpayers $97 million or $21 million,” Tanden said. “Nobody really wanted it. The Pentagon didn’t want it, and the American people didn’t seem to want it.”
She added, “The only person who wanted it seemed to be Donald Trump and his ego. I appreciate the D.C. government for saving me as a taxpayer money at the expense of Donald Trump’s ego.”
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