Washington, D.C., officials are already making preparations for the 2021 inauguration, but they say that the city has yet to be imbursed $7.3 million for President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
- Local news WUSA 9 reported in February that the federal government is required to reimburse D.C. for the expense of protecting the president.
- After Trump took office, the expenses were not fully paid, and the government is now accruing debt.
- City officials report that Trump’s current tab includes: $7.3 million from his swearing-in ceremony; $78,000 for clean-up during the 2018 government shutdown; and $1.7 million for the Salute to America Independence Day event last summer.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said, “The federal government is sometimes slow, but this is worse than slow,” adding that the city has submitted proof of the debts and continues working toward reimbursement.
WUSA 9 reported that the federal government generally puts about $13 million into the D.C. Emergency Fund every fiscal year, which is “used to respond to terror threats, help the Secret Service and protect demonstrators.”
- According to the report, Trump “wants to put $16.5 million into the D.C. Emergency Fund, although Mayor Bowser has requested at least $18 million.”
- The president also reportedly “wants to provide D.C. with the nearly $35 million city leaders requested for the next 2021 presidential inauguration,” but that does not address the money currently past-due.
- "Delaying it matters to the city. We'll get the money,” Norton said.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.