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‘Shouldn’t Be News to Anybody’ D.C. Derailed Parade, OMB Chief Says

Mick Mulvaney believes 'other contributing factors' besides cost led to the cancellation of planned Veterans Day festivities

There was no surprise in Washington, D.C., officials’ not wanting “to help” President Donald Trump “accomplish what he wants to accomplish” or back his military parade, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“If the parade had been canceled purely for fiscal reasons, I imagine I would have been in the room when that [decision] was made, and I wasn’t,” Mulvaney (pictured above) told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “So my guess is there were other contributing factors.”

Trump initially wanted to hold a Veterans Day Parade military parade in D.C. But anonymous officials told CNBC and ABC News Thursday that the parade would cost an estimated $92 million — much more than the initial $12 million estimate.

Approximately $50 million would be needed to fund the military personnel and equipment costs, while $42 million would be required to cover security costs and the costs the district would accrue.

The president took to Twitter Friday to rip district officials.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

“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 added. “Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!”

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who seeks re-election in November, responded on Twitter, tweeting “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).”

But Mulvaney insisted that “other contributing factors” led to the planned parade’s cancellation in a city that overwhelmingly supported 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Trump.

“But come back to the relationship between the city and the president. I like the mayor, she seems like a nice lady, but face it: This is a city that voted probably 70, 80 percent against the president,” Mulvaney said.

“So to think that maybe the city council of Washington, D.C., is not trying to help the president accomplish what he wants to accomplish shouldn’t be news to anybody,” the OMB director continued.

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Trump first floated the idea of holding a huge military parade after he won the presidency. He revisited the idea after he attended a Bastille Day parade in France in July 2017.

After canceling the parade intended for November 11, which also would have marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Pentagon and White House officials “have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday.

The last time the U.S. held a major military parade occurred at the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

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