Many Americans were concerned when news broke that President Donald Trump’s Independence Day “Salute to America” diverted $2.5 million intended for National Parks upkeep into the soiree instead.
Now, Washington D.C.’s Democratic mayor, Muriel Bowser, is requesting reimbursement to the district after the celebration reportedly bankrupted the Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF), designed to protect the nation’s capital from terrorism and to provide necessary security during gatherings and festivals in the area.
Bowser warned that Trump’s celebration strained the fund’s resources, and that it will likely be completely “depleted” before the end of the current fiscal year.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says Trump's July Fourth event drained the city's fund for security.
“We are happy to host the federal government in Washington, DC, and host these events. But, there is a cost and that cost must be borne by the federal government” https://t.co/yupb2ga3bC pic.twitter.com/0VBh154LuO
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 11, 2019
Bowser urged Trump in a letter to reimburse the District:
“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. 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.”
People were disturbed that Trump let safety take the backseat to spectacle.
Trump’s July 4th event bankrupted the DC Govt’s fund that’s meant to be used to protect DC from terrorist threats. A reminder Trump continues to be the greatest threat to our national security. Every day, in every way.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 10, 2019
The fund used to carry large balances under Obama, but in less than three years, it has been bankrupted by Trump.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 10, 2019
Self before Country. That’s Trump.
— Nicole David (@obbiecole) July 10, 2019
Oh for Gawd’s sake! Why was this allowed to happen? Trump is already saying he’ll do it again next year. He still hasn’t paid his inauguration bills. I am so sick of the shenanigans and corruption!
— ladydi80 (@ladydi1980) July 10, 2019
They want the president to pay up, but expectations aren’t high.
Trump won’t pay up. He never does. I hope the City sues him.
— Jennifer M. (@jyangelo) July 10, 2019
Trump should pay
— Charles Dignam (@CharlesDignam) July 10, 2019
Send the debt collectors to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
— Stephen Pople (@PopleGolf) July 10, 2019
People weren’t exactly surprised, however, that Trump drove another fund to bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy king strikes again. What a country.
— Jack be impeached (@FenixWild) July 10, 2019
Trump brings his signature, model business practice of bankruptcies to Washington DC. Now the city becomes the latest casualty of Mr. Trump.
— Keep It Real! (@rhus00) July 10, 2019
Trump bankrupts everything he touches.
— katherine dillingerk (@KDillingerk) July 10, 2019
For his part, Trump continues to brag on Twitter about the celebration’s perceived success, citing the crowd size and a speech he gave from behind rain-drenched glass.