DC mayor: Trump's July 4 celebration 'depleted' security fund

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE’s “Salute to America” celebration on the Fourth of July 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 administration reimburse the city for its expenses, noting that future events like the 2021 presidential inauguration will put further strains on the 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 this year’s July 4 celebration cost six times as much as in years past, noting that estimation could grow as the city continues to tally its expenses.

“President Trump led our Nation in a great Salute to America and recognized the brave sacrifice our service men and women have made throughout history. We have received the letter and will respond in a timely manner,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement to The Hill

The event featured a speech from Trump at the Lincoln Memorial, flyovers from several fighter jets and Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. White House supporters and counterprotesters flocked to the National Mall for the event, drawing a large police presence meant to separate the two crowds. 

Bowser also said that unplanned events such as the December funeral of President George H.W. Bush had helped deplete the fund.

The city’s EPSF is supported by federal money meant to reimburse the District for its unique public safety costs to defend the nation’s capital, including providing security at presidential inaugurations, visits by foreign officials and rallies.

The fund has shrunk in recent years, with city officials telling the Post that the Trump administration has never repaid more than $7 million of the $27.3 million in costs the city incurred securing the 2017 inauguration. Congress and the White House have also been putting less money into the fund than the city spends. 

Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonDC flies flags with 51 stars ahead of statehood parade Democrats grill BLM chief over plans to move officials out of DC House Democrat offers bill to let students with pot conviction retain federal aid MORE (D), the District’s nonvoting representative in Congress, and Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenProgressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum Senators pressure Trump to help end humanitarian crisis in Kashmir Democratic candidates are building momentum for a National Climate Bank MORE (D-Md.) called on House and Senate leaders last month to put an additional $6 million into the emergency fund.

Updated a 5:57 p.m.