Trump Has Drained Washington's Security, Anti-Terror Fund By July Forth
President Donald Trump's military-style July Fourth parade drained a special Washington, D.C., city fund designed to help pay for extra security and anti-terrorism measures during large events in the nation's capital, the mayor said in a letter to the White House.
Expenses related to security at Trump's parade exhausted the fund — known as the Emergency Planning and Security (ESPF) fund — and are expected to soon put it $6 million in the red, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser explained in the letter written to Trump on Tuesday.
"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," Bowser wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News, adding that "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."
The EPSF is funded with federal money designed to reimburse the city for costs incurred to provide security and maintain public safety for events such as presidential inaugurations, rallies and visits by foreign officials.
Bowser, a Democrat, added that the fund's reserves had earlier been depleted by $7.3 million for security costs related to Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration, an "increased demand for heightened security," as well as "some unplanned events."
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.
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