WASHINGTON - (AP) -- The mayor of Washington, D.C. is firing back at President Donald Trump, who blamed local officials for the "ridiculously high" cost of his proposed Veterans Day military parade.
Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she was the one 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)."
The Associated Press has reported that officials thought the full price tag would be about $92 million.
The Defense Department said Thursday the parade would not happen this year. Trump on Friday added that maybe it would happen in 2019 "when the cost comes WAY DOWN."
Trump blamed local politicians for inflating the cost, although much of the projected $92 million cost was believed to cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.
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). https://t.co/vqC3d8FLqx— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) August 17, 2018
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
....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. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018