The Trump administration and Congress owe the District of Columbia over $7 million in expenses from the president’s 2017 inauguration ceremony, according to federal and city financial records reviewed by The Washington Post.
The city has dipped into a special fund that pays for annual security costs for protecting the city from terrorist threats and hosting other events to cover the four-day celebration, which ultimately had a $27.3 million price tag.
The fund is on track to enter the red by the fall, and the remaining balance is raising concerns as the government prepares for July 4 activities, including a parade.
Local officials have slammed the government over the expenses for security costs under the Trump administration, as protesters frequently descend on the capital.
A senior administration official told the Post the city received the full amount of money it originally requested and that the administration “worked closely with D.C.” when inauguration costs exceeded expectations and decided to use unspent money in the security fund. He added that city officials have not asked for additional money.
D.C. officials disputed that account, telling The Post they did indeed ask for more funds that have not yet been repaid.
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