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Trump: I Axed Parade Over Local Politicians' Greed

They 'know a windfall when they see it'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2018 8:17 AM CDT
Updated Aug 17, 2018 9:05 AM CDT
President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – President Trump says there's someone to blame for his military parade being canceled, and it is "local politicians," per a Friday morning 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 cancelled it," he wrote, following Thursday's reports via anonymous officials that the parade could cost $92 million. "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. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!" More:

  • The Hill notes "it wasn't immediately clear" what the big Andrews Air Force Base parade is.
  • The Washington Post points out that Trump's tweeted reference to "local politicians" wasn't critical of Republicans because there aren't any: Mayor Muriel Bowser is a Democrat, and all DC city council members are either Democrats or independents.

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