D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said President Trump’s Fourth of July “Salute to America” celebration cost the District of Columbia government $1.7 million, bankrupting the city’s fund to protect the capital from terrorist threats and provide security at rallies and other events.
“Our projections indicate that the EPSF [Emergency Planning and Security Fund] will be depleted following your additional July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations. The accrued amount for the July 4th holiday totals approximately $1.7 million,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) wrote in a letter to the White House Tuesday.
Bowser requested that the Trump administration reimburse the city for its expenses, noting that future events like the 2021 presidential inauguration will put further strains on the city’s security funds.
“It is critical that the EPSF is fully reimbursed for these funds to ensure the District can uphold proper security and support during the remainder of the fiscal year without incurring a deficit for federal activities,” she wrote.
“As we continue to gather estimates for the next 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.”
Chris Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told The Washington Post that Trump’s July 4 celebration cost six times as much as in years past. Rodriguez noted that the estimate could grow as the city continues to tally its expenses.