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Trump Suggests Buying More Jet Fighters With Money Saved By Postponing Military Parade

Trump says it's D.C. politicians' fault his military parade got postponed. But at least now we can afford more jet fighters!

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Local politicians in the nation's capital are to blame for delaying an absurd military parade that only one person wants, President Donald Trump said Friday. But hey, at least now we can purchase more jet fighters, he added.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that it was pushing back Trump's military parade, originally scheduled for November, until 2019. The Department of Defense and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019," said Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning.

The timing of Thursday's announcement was curious. The Associated Press had reported early in the day Thursday that the parade would cost an estimated $92 million—more than three times the White House's highest projected cost. Trump responded Friday by blaming "the local politicians who run Washington, D.C."

In a pair of tweets this morning, Trump complained about the cost of organizing a flamboyant display of militarism in one of the most security obsessed cities in the world. "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," the president wrote.

"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," he tweeted. "Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN."

Trump also suggested that with the money he's saving the country by not holding the parade in November, "we can buy some more jet fighters!" That assertion seems questionable at best, as a single F-35A fighter jet costs at least $98 million, according to defense contractor Lockheed Martin. That figure doesn't include operating costs.

While Trump cited the parade's high cost as the reason for its postponement, Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed back yesterday on the $92 million cost estimate. "Whoever told you that is probably smoking something that is legal in my state, but not in most states," he told reporters. "I'm not dignifying that number with any reply."

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, meanwhile, responded to Trump's tweet this morning by claiming she "finally got thru to the reality star in the White House."

Though the military parade might still happen in 2019, it would probably be best to just ditch the idea. At least one poll shows that military personnel don't seem to want it. And even the American Legion said in a statement today that until "we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veterans Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible."

As Reason's Eric Boehm argued yesterday, the parade wouldn't be worth it even if it didn't cost anything. "Marching a bunch of tanks through the capital city is something that should only happen in military dictatorships, dystopian movies, and France," Boehm wrote. "This isn't something that stable, democratic countries should do, and it's certainly not something that American taxpayers should have to fund."

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37 responses to “Trump Suggests Buying More Jet Fighters With Money Saved By Postponing Military Parade

  1. Who else called that this was a troll of the Lefties?

    Someone else suggested Trump would use the money for something else after it was appropriated by Congress, like other presidents.

    1. Are you seriously suggesting that Trump never intended the parade to take place? Trump has been whacking off nightly to the idea of standing in front of a podium watching the tanks roll by.

      1. Half-educated, gullible yahoos will believe just about anything, especially if it comes from Trump or flatters white grievances.

      2. And he’d eat a live baby at the same time, too! Trevor Noah said so, so it must be true!

    2. Haha, you Lefties got trolled by Trump…again.

      1. And you let Trumplethinskin shove his cock up your ass. Again.

        1. Oh poor lefty is babbling again coming in behind us to get the last word in with Hillary’s cock up your ass.

    3. Jesus, you Trump people are gullible..

    1. They’re just negotiating.

      1. That is one way to negotiate.

        Goes to show Trump’s pressure on China might be working quicker than we thought. The Chinese resort to Commie tactics of saber rattling.

        1. Yes, because this training has never been conducted before in the history of the modern Chinese military.

          1. That too.

      2. Not even that.

        China has a gap in strategic bomber technology. In addition to plans to produce a new generation they are developing long range air launched ballistic missiles. These could be carried by the older platforms.

        More worrisome is the US gap in antiship missiles.

        This is just the PLA doing what it should do. They are testing out new systems and weapons.

        1. China is building man-made islands in the South China Sea to create a defensive ring to try and sink US Navy ships and shoot down aircraft before they can get to mainland China.

          Imperial Japan did the same thing and it failed.

          If the US Navy Admirals do not have a plan for this Chinese strategy, we deserve to lose.

          1. No, they’re building man-made islands in order to extend the reach of their territorial waters. You’re not going to achieve parity by spending several billion to build an immobile island and facilities (that will be bombed into oblivion in the opening hours of a shooting war) to sink a couple ships worth 10’s of millions.

            1. Same mistake the Japanese made.

    2. And we don’t have plans to attack them?

      1. I hope we do. We should have plans to attack any nation that is a threat if we need to defend ourselves.

        1. A Trumpanzee with a war boner. Christ, what a combo of retard you are, LC1789.

          1. Another Lefty with a permanent war boner and Hillary’s dick up his ass.

      2. Plans?

        No plans. Do not even look there.

        That P-8 over your claimed island base is no big deal.

        Just flying around getting hours in.

    3. Hmm. Very disturbing. I mean, its not like the US has ever had whole training units kitted out to operate Soviet vehicles (including aircraft) *using the same tactics as the Soviets* in order to better prepare American combat personnel.

      So, let’s shit ourselves because some other country is doing what we’ve been doing for over 50 years.

    4. Your war priapism is showing.

  2. LOL- nothing matters

  3. Just cancel the whole thing.

  4. Wow, I love the tactics here. I do the same on my wife.

    “Honey, I think the next car should be an Audi RS8. It’s going to run around $130k all in”
    “WHAT? No fucking way.”
    “Ok, you are right. Let’s compromise and go with the more sensible S6.”

    1. “what’s that you say?”

      “oh, ok. You are probably right, I really don’t need a new car this year. But with the money we save on not making payments there will be plenty to cover my fishing trip.”

      There are two sorts of people who did not see this coming, and neither are worthy of your consideration.

  5. The $92 million parade cost wouldn’t buy even 1 new F-35.

    Whether this says more about the cost of the military parade or the F-35 is up to you.

    1. Exactly. I think the naval variant, the F-35C, costs over $300 million per plane. Insane.

  6. Trump has dumb idea for a parade that nobody else wants.

    People under orders come up with a parade and budget.

    Trump under pressure and with little support even from his core drops the idea.

    Says something even dumber. Just like every other day.

  7. He’ll make Mexico pay for the parade!

  8. Trump is an idiot. He has no idea of what a fighter jet costs. Why do we have such an incompetent as our president?

  9. Nothing Trump does, no matter how dumb or infantile or directly damaging to the people he promised to favor is going to move his support at all. Several generations of Republicans are now lost to humanity. All we can do is marginalize them politically and turn off the poison spigot of right wing propaganda that helped create them.

  10. Trump Suggests Buying More Jet Fighters With Money Saved By Postponing Military Parade

    Sweet evil jesus. Does the man have no self-censor? Is there not someone in his group with enough balls to take the damn phone away from him?

    FFS, An F-35 is 150 MILLION dollars. You can’t even buy *one* with the money ‘saved’. And then add in lifetime support costs.

    And it wasn’t saved. It just wasn’t blown on bullshit – yet.

    1. ^ all of this.

      The idiocy of thinking of our tax money, not spent on something people of almost any political background including the usual trump suck-ups agree would be a massive and honestly embarrassing waste of money, as money “saved” is exactly the ass backwards Washington thinking that will continue to lead us down the wrong road.

      “Hey honey, im goin out and buying a couple McMansions we can’t afford. Oh don’t worry, I didn’t buy that lambo I was thinking about getting, so we saved all that money, so we good right?!”

  11. Political logic at it’s best. Propose something stupid that will cost a fortune. Then don’t do it but pretend as if that money is there to use for something else.

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