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DC Security Fund dangerously exhausted after Trump's 4th of July event: Mayor Bowser



Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a letter to President Donald Trump, suggesting that his fourth extravaganza in the Lincoln Memorial has contributed to the dangerous breakdown of a city fund used to provide security at special events such as rallies and state funerals, and that I want the city fully refunded.

Bowser said the president's event combined with further demonstrations about the holiday cost the city $ 1.7 million.

"We are asking for help to ensure the residents of the District of Columbia are not asked to cover millions of dollars for federal expenses and are able to maintain our high standards of protection of federal events," Bowser wrote.

  PHOTO: UUS Secret Service is wary when people gather at the National Mall prior to the Salute to America 4th July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images
UUS Secret Service is wary when people gather at the National Mall in front of "Salute to America" ​​4th July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. [19659007] The depleted account, known as the Emergency Planning and Security Fund, is expected to have a $ 6 million ficit before the end of the financial year, Bowser wrote.

"It is critical that EPSD be fully reimbursed for these funds to ensure that the District can maintain proper security and support for the rest of the financial year without incurring a deficit for federal activities," Bowser wrote.

Bowser also wrote that the city has not been reimbursed for the $ 7.3 million in security costs associated with the President's inauguration in 2017.

While the President's Fourth of July event contributed to the depletion of the account, Bowser also cited under-funding of Congress and other unplanned major events, such as former President George H.W. Bush & # 39; s funeral that has contributed to the fund's discharge.

  PHOTO: Spectators standing next to a tank of greeting to American event at the Lincoln Memorial during July 4th, Independence Day in Washington, DC, USA, July 4, 2019 Reuters / Joshua Roberts Joshua Roberts / Reuters
Spectators are standing next to a tank on the "Salute to America" ​​event at the Lincoln Memorial during the 4th of July Independence Day celebration in Washington, DC, USA, July 4, 2019. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts

The White House did not immediately reply to Bowers letter. But the president has said he plans to hold a similar event next July 4th.

"It was something special and I would say it was a wonderful day for all Americans. And because of the huge success we just make the decision – and I can believe we can say to us" ve has made the decision – to do it again next year and maybe we can say in the foreseeable future, "Trump said Monday.

In addition to the costs incurred by the city, the Pentagon has estimated that the president's "Salute to America" ​​event cost the military $ 1.2 million. The cost of the military included military aircraft and the transport of Abram's tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

The Ministry of the Interior has not yet released an estimate of the cost of performing the event, which also strongly invokes the National Park Service.


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