President Donald Trump canceled his plans to have a military parade before Pentagon officials briefed him on cost estimates for the event, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday.
“The president was not briefed by any member of the Department of Defense on any cost associated with the parade,” Col. Rob Manning told reporters at the Pentagon.
The statement seems to contradict Trump’s own tweet from Friday morning, in which he claimed he axed the event after receiving a high-cost estimate. The parade’s $92 million price tag leaked to the media on Thursday.
Defense Secretary James Mattis disputed the cost estimate, telling reporters traveling with him Thursday in South America that whoever gave out that number is “an idiot.”
Manning said at that time that he had not been briefed on figures.
He also said he cannot confirm the $92 million amount, as “the planning had not reached that level.”
“Any figure that was cited was pre-decisional. The planning committee for the parade had not reached a point where they have briefed senior leadership in the department. It was moving forward, it had just not matured to that point,” Manning said.
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