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A nonprofit veterans organization announced on Friday that it is seeking to hold a 5K race for Veterans Day next year mocking President Trump.
VoteVets, an organization that focuses on nonpartisan education and advocacy on behalf veterans and their families, said on Twitter that it has submitted a Letter of Intent with Washington, D.C., to hold the race around the National Mall next year.
The announcement came the same day Trump canceled his plans for a military parade in the capital, citing its soaring cost estimates.
"So, unless he kicks out a veterans race, [Trump] will not get his ego parade there, on that day next year, either," the organization added in the tweet, with the hashtag #NoTrumpParade.
In an email asking for signatures to support their request, the organization also said that it decided to make the race five kilometers long to symbolize "each of [Trump's] deferments."
Trump received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including a medical deferment after he was found to have bone spurs in his foot.
Their statement arrives on the heels of Trump's Twitter announcement on Friday morning that he was canceling plans for a military parade over the estimated $92 million cost.
The president said in his tweet that "local politicians" in D.C. were to blame.
"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!"