Defense

Pentagon concerns mounting about Trump’s proposed parade: report

Concerns are mounting within the U.S. military regarding President Trump's proposed military parade, CNN reported.

The cost of the parade and the possible disruption it could lead to have been cause for concern, the network reported.

A defense official directly familiar with initial planning efforts said the proposed parade could interfere with military training schedules.

Another defense official said there are worries about how much the parade could cost. The Pentagon is reportedly thinking about looking for private donations, which could be used to pay for particular parts of the parade. 

The parade could cost anywhere between $3 million to $50 million, the first official said.

"We don't have troops and units sitting around waiting to do a parade," the official added.

The official said an alternative plan to avoid bringing in lots of equipment could be to have large video screens that show images of military gear.

Multiple options for the parade are reportedly being crafted.

Officials said earlier this month they are in the planning stages for the proposed military parade after The Washington Post reported that the Pentagon was acquiescing to Trump's request for a large-scale parade.

Trump has proposed a military parade multiple times during his presidency.

Last week, budget director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that the parade's cost would vary depending on length, but could be anywhere from $10 million to $30 million.

Pentagon officials reportedly said in an early meeting about the parade that they did not know how they would pay for it. The administration is reportedly looking at Veterans Day for the parade.

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