Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser composed a letter to President Donald Trump showing that his July Fourth extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial has actually added to dangerously depleting a city fund utilized to offer security at unique events like rallies and state funerals which she ‘d like the city to be totally reimbursed.
Bowser said that the president’s occasion, in mix with extra presentations around the vacation, cost the city $1.7 million.
“We ask for your assistance with making sure the citizens of the District of Columbia are not asked to cover millions of dollars of federal costs and are able to maintain our high requirements of security for federal occasions,” Bowser wrote.
The depleted account, referred to as the Emergency Planning and Security Fund, is forecast to have a $6 million deficit by the end of the fiscal year, Bowser composed.
“It is critical that the EPSD is completely repaid for these funds to ensure the District can uphold proper security and assistance during the rest of the financial year without sustaining a deficit for federal activities,” Bowser composed.
Bowser also wrote that the city has not been repaid for the $7.3 million in security costs associated with the president’s inauguration in2017
While the president’s 4th of July occasion contributed to the account’s depletion, Bowser also mentioned underfunding by Congress and other unexpected significant occasions, such as former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, that have actually contributed to the fund’s depletion.
“President Trump led our Nation in a fantastic Salute to America and acknowledged the brave sacrifice our service guys and women have actually made throughout history,” White House representative Judd Deere stated in a declaration to ABC News. “We have actually gotten the letter and will react in a timely way.”
The president has actually said that he plans to hold a comparable occasion next July 4th.
“It was something truly unique. And I will state this: It was a fantastic day for all Americans. And based on its remarkable success, we’re simply making the decision– and I can think we can say we have actually decided– to do it again next year, and, possibly we can state, for the foreseeable future,” Trump stated Monday.
In addition to the costs incurred by the city, the Pentagon has estimated that the president’s “Salute to America” occasion cost the military $1.2 million. The costs to the military consisted of military flyovers and the transportation of Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
The Department of Interior has yet to release a quote of the costs of the carrying out the occasion, which likewise heavily count on the National Park Service.