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Trump’s July 4th event bankrupted D.C. security fund

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser government says that the cost of President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July celebration and the cost of addressing recent protests has emptied out a municipal fund used to provide security for public events and defend against terrorist threats.

In a letter to Trump dated July 9, Bowser says the city spent about $1.7 million on Trump’s “July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations,” as a result, the city’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF) will likely be empty before the end of the fiscal year. Bowser asked for the Trump administration’s help in covering D.C.’s security costs, citing “declining reserves, increased demand for heightened security, and a one-time drawdown of $7.3 million to cover security costs associated with the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.”

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