The National Park Service was reportedly ordered to channel nearly $ 2.5 million to the "Salute to America" event planned by President Trump Donald John TrumpGOP Senators to Pompeo China Trump promotes low black unemployment, reform of criminal justice on the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Trump says Mueller must adhere to the report's findings during the July 2004 witness statement MORE .
Originally intended for maintenance and servicing in the nation's national park system, two people who are familiar with the administration's efforts were diverted to the celebration, the Washington Post said Tuesday.
The event will include military tanks and an overflight of aircraft including the new "Marine One" helicopter.
The number provided by the Park Service is said to be a fraction of the total cost of this year's event, which also includes performances by the Annapolis-based Blue Angels and a B-2 bomber. It has already far exceeded the total cost Park Service has spent over the past few years on the annual celebration of the Fourth of July. According to one official, the mail usually reaches about $ 2 million a year.
The high cost of the ceremony is reported The President was criticized for the politicization of the event, which has increased this week as HuffPost reported that members of the Republican National Committee and top donors have received VIP tickets for the events.
The head of the National Parks Conservation Association "This is a breach of trust towards the public," said Theresa Pierno. "The public is paying parking fees for setting up national parks and educational programs that are not in line with the president's parade."