A military parade requested by U.S. President Donald Trump could cost more than $90 million (70.78 million pounds), a U.S. official said, citing provisional planning figures, almost three times an earlier White House estimate.
Provisional figures released earlier on Thursday said the event could cost about $90 million (£71m) - more than three times an original estimate. Over the winter, Trump's budget director said the cost would be between $10 and $30 million.
The ceremony is said to be largely inspired by Trump's front-row seat at France's Bastille Day military parade in Paris.
Hours earlier, officials said costs had blown out to US$92 million.
The language "agreed to explore opportunities" is an exceptionally vague phrase - giving the distinct impression that Defense Department officials don't ever plan on holding the parade at all.
But a United States official told AFP earlier Thursday the planning estimate had now gone as high as US$92 million, though no final figure has been reached. He said he had seen no estimate of the costs as he questioned the accuracy of media reports.
The official also said that experts put to rest concerns about whether the Abrams tank, which weighs just shy of 70 tons, would ruin infrastructure in Washington.
But Trump's ambitious plans kept getting scaled back. Big, heavy tanks could tear up streets in the District of Columbia.
As Keith and Bowman reported, the last parade of the armed services through Washington was in 1994, celebrating victory in Operation Desert Storm.
"The American Legion appreciates that our President wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation's support for our troops", Rohan said. As the invited guest of French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump watched enthusiastically from a reviewing stand as the French military showcased its tanks and fighter jets, including many USA -made planes, along the famed Champs-Elysees. The focus was to be on the work of USA military veterans through the ages, starting with the American Revolutionary War.