FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump salutes the inaugural parade near the White House after being sworn in at the 45th US presidency Friday, January 20, 2017 in Washington. REUTERS / Evan Vucci / Swimming Pool
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration and Congress still owe $ 7 million to the Columbia District government for expenses related to the 2017 presidential nomination, the Washington Post reported Friday, asking who would pay the July 4 President's speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
Citing municipal and federal financial records, the Washington Post reported that the Washington government had to tap into a special fund dedicated to municipal security costs to protect against terrorist threats and to host large-scale events, dignitary visits foreigners and other exceptional events.
This fund is usually replenished with federal money, but the Post Office said it was about to not have the necessary funds this fall.
Concerns over paying for presidential security in the nation's capital have increased in recent weeks, as President Donald Trump plans to take advantage of the July 4th annual festivities on the National Mall, which attracts tens of thousands spectators.
The Government of the Republic of Macedonia normally assists the National Park Service in providing security for 4 July, which should be strengthened due to the presence of the President as well as a possible influx of protesters.
Mayor Muriel Bowser's office did not immediately respond, but her chief of staff, John Falcicchio, told The Washington Post: "All we are asking of our federal partners is ongoing cooperation and resources needed to carry out these activities.
Reporting by Valerie Volcovici, edited by Franklin Paul