The special fund used to protect Washington from terrorist attacks and secure events like rallies and state funerals has bankrupted because of the overpaid celebration of the Fourth of July which cost the country $1.7 million in combination with police expenses.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser wrote a letter to President Trump in which he warned that the fund has depleted and is estimated to be running a $6 million deficit when the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30. He also said that the account was never reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump inauguration two years ago.
The Mayor issued a request that the White House fully reimburse the fund because without that money the residents of Washington will have to fund federal security needs directly out of their tax money.
‘’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,’’ Bowser wrote in the letter.
President Trump received the letter from Bowser and will respond in a timely manner, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
“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,’’ said Deere.
Chris Rodriguez, the director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management agency, had an interview in which he said that the costs for the national holiday were six times as much as in years past and were likely to grow as the city continues to tally expenses, the Washington Post reports.