Pentagon Refuses to Disclose Identity of Foreign Country Contacted About Trump’s Military Parade


Written by David Dayen

An unnamed foreign country communicated with planners of the now-scrapped Veterans Day military parade, according to documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request.

The parade was to run from the White House to the Capitol on November 11, the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I. President Donald Trump personally requested the military parade after witnessing a Bastille Day celebration in France, and members of all four armed forces were involved in the preparations. The parade polled poorly, with some, like Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., arguing that the event’s $92 million price tag was an unwarranted extravagance driven by the president’s ego. Ultimately, Trump canceled the parade in August, blaming D.C. leaders for the high cost.

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