Trump diverts $2.5 million from National Park Service for Fourth of July event

Early morning on the National Mall, looking from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.

The National Park Service, which manages the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Fourth of July “Salute to America” on Thursday, two people familiar with the arrangement tell The Washington Post. Those diverted funds, meant to be used for improving national parks around the country and enhancing the visitor experience, exceed the $2 million the Park Service typically spends on the entire Fourth of July celebration, former Park Service deputy director Denis Galvin tells the Post. READ MORE HERE
An early morning view from the Lincoln Memorial shows the Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial, and the Washington Monument.

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