President Trump’s July 4 bash didn’t go off without a hitch, the weather was stifling and clouded the fireworks and Trump’s tanks were reportedly out-of-sight for most of the general public in attendance. But logistics for the event still cost a lot of money, and the Washington, D.C. government wants the president Trump to help them with some funds.
In a July 9 letter to the president, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser requested the president to reimburse the local government, asking “for your commitment to reimburse the District for our public safety support to the federal government,” according to the Washington Post.
Bowser noted that the District’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund will be empty by the end of the 2019 fiscal year. She said that the “overages can be attributed to declining reserves, increased demand for heightened security, and a one-time draw down of $7.3 million to cover security costs associated with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.”
The mayor noted that Congress only appropriated $13 million to the EPSF over the last few years and other unexpected events — like the state funeral for George H.W. Bush — also cost the district money.
Finally, the mayor said that “our projections indicate that the EPSF will be depleted following your additional July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations,” adding, “the accrued amount for the July 4th holiday totals approximately $1.7 million.”
Bowser closed by writing, “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.”
President Trump and the DC government have had a tumultuous relationship since he’s been in the city. In August of 2018, Trump suspended his military parade that was scheduled to set on the city just before Veterans Day, but after that fell through, he blamed the DC government for the failed festivities.