JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Jul. 01, 2019 1 min read

The Republican National Committee is offering major donors tickets to Trump’s July 4 speech, @svdate reports.

The White House says the speech will be non-partisan. 

"The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Independence Day celebration Thursday on the Mall” 

The $2.5 million the Park Service is diverting for the celebration is just a fraction of the extra costs the government faces as a result of the event.

The entire Fourth of July celebration on the Mall typically costs the Park Service $2 million. 

WaPo confirms HuffPost report that the White House is distributing VIP tickets to Republican donors and political appointees.

The Pentagon has referred “virtually all questions” about the event to the WH because Trump wants the event to be a surprise. 

"Part of the concern is that the vehicles will pulverize pavement in Washington, as they did during a parade in June 1991 after the Gulf War, and that the city will be left with the bill.” 

Retired four-star Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, who until earlier this year served in the Trump administration as a special envoy to help resolve disputes in the Persian Gulf:

“Put troops out there so we can thank them — leave tanks for Red Square.” 

A Pentagon official tells NYT the event will cost the military “well over $1 million.” 

WaPo reports that the aerial portion of Trump’s celebration alone could cost over $2 million. 

A Pentagon official tells WaPo the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber — which costs $140,000 per hour to fly — will travel several hours from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to appear over Washington and then will return to Missouri without ever landing. 

Trump’s July 4th event cost D.C. government $1.7 million, bankrupting the city’s fund used to protect from terrorist threats and for security at special events.

The fund has yet to be reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump’s inauguration. 

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