The Pentagon announced Thursday that Trump’s controversial parade had been canceled and that officials were looking into “opportunities in 2019” to throw the armed spectacle. Officials did not provide a reason for the postponement, but the announcement came hours after reports of the hefty parade price tag.
“We are now going to look at providing options that will go up to the president for a decision for 2019,” Manning reiterated Monday.
Trump raised eyebrows earlier this year when he demanded an armed forces parade be held in the nation’s capital.
Such blatant shows of force are common in authoritarian countries such as China and North Korea.
The U.S. typically doesn’t hold such parades unless they coincide with particular military feats. The last military parade was held in 1991 and commemorated the end of the Persian Gulf War.