DC Council mocks Trump: ‘The Giant Tank Parade: Still cancelled’

Greg Nash

The Council of the District of Columbia took a shot at President Trump over Twitter on Wednesday, saying his military parade was “still cancelled.”

The D.C. Council’s tweet said that government offices and schools were open despite prospects for snow on Tuesday.

“The Council will open on time today. DC Public Schools will too. Ditto the DC Government. The Giant Tank Parade: Still cancelled,” said the District’s legislative body. 

The tweet featured a picture of a “no tanks” symbol, a callback to a previous tweet it shared in February 2018 mocking the president after he ordered his Defense Department to plan a large-scale military parade that was scheduled to take place later last year in Washington.{mosads}

At the time, the D.C. Council tweeted: “Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled. Permanently.”

Trump has floated the idea of a military parade several times in the past and was enthusiastic about the event last year after viewing the Bastille Day military parade in Paris the year before.

He announced in August 2018, however, that he would be canceling the parade, blaming the move on the $92 million price tag and local politicians in Washington. 

Trump said “local politicians” were responsible for the high estimated cost of the parade when announcing the cancelation, 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,” he said on Twitter.

“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 continued.

“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!” 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) responded to Trump’s tweet shortly after, sarcastically taking credit for “finally” getting through to the “reality star in the White House” about the cost of parades in the nation’s capital.

“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),” she tweeted.

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