Around $2.5 million allocated for the National Park Service shall be diverted to fund President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Fourth of July party, two unnamed sources acquainted with the matter mentioned Tuesday.
The funds were reportedly diverted from entrance and entertainment fees made by the National Park Service. Denis Galvin, a former Park Service deputy director, said that the Fourth of July celebrations at the National Mall in Washington, DC, usually cost the Park Service approximately $2 million.
The Parks Service cares for over 400 parks and 60 rivers across the nation. The company asked for $2.4 billion in its overall 2020 budget request.
The entire cost of Trump’s parade is expected to exceed the previous Fourth of July celebrations. Not like past celebrations, Trump’s version is anticipated to include fighter jet flyovers, helicopters, and armored autos – including two M1 Abrams tanks.
“We’ve some incredible gear, military gear on display – new,” Trump said on Monday. “We’ll have an excellent Fourth of July in Washington, DC. It will be like no other.”
Attorneys and former White House officers criticized the event for its cost and optics. Trump has been criticized for politicizing the U.S. army and utilizing its belongings to elevate his political standing as the 2020 US presidential election appears close.
It is unclear what the overall price of the event will run American taxpayers. Trump’s abandoned parade in November – which was expected to incorporate extravagant displays of the army’s assets – was estimated to cost $92 million.
The Division of the Interior, which operates the National Park Service, didn’t respond to requests for comment.