President Trump’s Independence Day celebration, called “A Salute to America”, cost the D.C. government $1.7 million which, combined with the costs of police deployments for demonstrations over the weekend, has bankrupted a fund allocated for the protection of D.C. from terrorist threats and security at events, according to The Washington Post.
The District’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund is designed to reimburse the city for its unique public safety costs, which include security at presidential inaugurations, foreign dignitaries’ visits, and the enormous rallies that take place in the nation’s capital.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) told the president in a letter that the fund had been depleted and estimated that it would incur a $6 million deficit by the end of September. She also wrote that the city was never reimbursed $7.3 million for Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
“We ask for your help with ensuring the residents of the District of Columbia are not asked to cover millions of dollars of federal expenses and are able to maintain our high standards of protection for federal events,” Bowser said.
Although White House officials claim that the District agreed to use unspent money in the fund to pay for inaugural costs, the Bowser administration denied the assertion.
The estimated costs for July Fourth were six times as much as past years and Chris Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said the costs are likely to grow as more expenses are taken into account.