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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:13 AM

Trump's July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says

Source: Washington Post



President Trump’s overhauled July Fourth celebration cost the D.C. government $1.7 million, an amount that — combined with police expenses for demonstrations through the weekend — has bankrupted a special fund used to protect the nation’s capital from terrorist threats and provide security at events such as rallies and state funerals.

In a letter to the president on Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) warned that the fund has now been depleted and is estimated to be running a $6 million deficit by Sept. 30. The mayor also noted that the account was never reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump’s 2017 inauguration. Bowser requested that the White House commit to fully reimbursing the fund.“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,” she wrote. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chris Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said in an interview that the estimated costs for July Fourth were six times as much as in years past and were likely to grow as the city continues to tally expenses. The president’s new Independence Day celebration, called “A Salute to America,” included a speech by Trump at the Lincoln Memorial, flyovers by military aircraft and a display of armored vehicles on the Mall. The changes stoked protests of the president at what is typically an apolitical event, with activists flying a derisive “Baby Trump” balloon near the World War II Memorial.

On Saturday, some of the president’s supporters gathered at a rally on Freedom Plaza organized by right-wing activists. That event also drew a large counter protest, and hundreds of police officers were deployed to prevent violence between the two sides. The District’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund is filled by federal money that reimburses the city for its unique public safety costs as the nation’s capital. Those include providing security at presidential inaugurations, visits by foreign dignitaries and the massive rallies that periodically come to the District.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/trumps-july-fourth-event-and-weekend-protests-bankrupted-dc-security-fund-mayor-says/2019/07/10/fb0d1de4-a316-11e9-b732-41a79c2551bf_story.html

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Reply Trump's July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Jul 10 OP
dlk Jul 10 #1
Baitball Blogger Jul 10 #3
Freethinker65 Jul 10 #2
pandr32 Jul 10 #10
ehrnst Jul 10 #4
machoneman Jul 10 #5
BumRushDaShow Jul 10 #6
Javaman Jul 10 #7
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 10 #8
BigmanPigman Jul 10 #12
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 10 #9
jmowreader Jul 10 #11

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:14 AM

1. Bankruptcy is One of Trump's Specialties

He's had lots of practice.

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Response to dlk (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:40 AM

3. But, but he's a financial genius.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:19 AM

2. They will never be paid in full. Common knowledge that with Trump, you need to get payment upfront.

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 01:48 PM

10. Hopefully that will be the new standard for Trump

He should be required to pay upfront for all of his rallies because that is what his ridiculous July 4th event was--a private rally where he closed everyone but those who paid to attend out even after diverting public funds to help finance the parade and tank backdrop (and in front of our Lincoln Memorial no less), and now he is fund-raising off of the videos he made from the event.

He should be required to pay a hefty retainer that unused costs could be returned to him from if there are any.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:14 PM

4. Doing to DC what he did to his casinos... (nt)

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:39 PM

5. He's a fool. Shoulda' refused any and all help unless the old bill and say $2MM...

in a deposit for this last fiasco or no protection at all.

What could he do? Can't order the DC police, mayor, et al to do squat. He'll keep getting away with this scheiss until somebody stops him.

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Response to machoneman (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:41 PM

6. The mayor is a woman. nt

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:45 PM

7. all I know is: someone grifted a lot of money off that con job. nt

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:59 PM

8. Socialism for the rich

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 06:24 PM

12. You said it!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 01:10 PM

9. That's one way to suppress progressive mass rallies.

"Sorry folks, no protest permits today. We're broke!"........

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 04:22 PM

11. There is one way out of it

Foreclose on Trump's DC hotel and sell the pieces to the highest bidder. I'm not sure if they could collect $9 million in the auction - Trump is renowned for buying the cheapest crap known to man to stock and furnish his properties - but it'll be better than what they're getting now, which is nothing.

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