Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Trump's Minneapolis rally on despite security costs dispute

Trump's Minneapolis rally on despite security costs dispute

President Donald Trump's campaign accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday of trying to block the president's scheduled political rally in the city, reports Breitbart.

Minneapolis officials told the Target Center, where Trump is slated to appear on Thursday night, that it would be responsible for the $530,000 the city says it will need to beef up security for President Donald Trump's visit.

The Trump campaign threatened to sue the Target Center for breach of contract if it withholds the use of its facilities over the bill and stated that the U.S. Secret Service, which has responsibility for protecting the president, has the sole responsibility for coordinating security.

Later Tuesday, the Trump campaign said in a statement that the operators of Target Center had backed off cancelling the contract, with no agreement by the campaign to pay additional money. The letter said the Trump campaign "will aggressively pursue all remedies available to it in law or equity".

"The Campaign can not be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG", the campaign's lawyers argue in the letter.

In his retweet, Trump added, "The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters".

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In the past, Frey has spoken out against the president, calling his actions "reprehensible" and saying that Trump's "message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis", the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. "72,000 ticket requests already".

"This is an outrageous abuse of power by a liberal mayor trying to deny the rights of his own city's residents just because he hates the president", said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in a statement. The city's police union spokesman has complained about the policy, and the union is selling "Cops for Trump" T-shirts.

Trump weighed in as well, encouraging his supporters in a Tuesday morning tweet to "dump" Frey, as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), whose district is in Minneapolis. A rally held in Rochester, Minn., in October 2018 cost the city $76,138.

Frey responded in a brief Tweet Tuesday morning, alluding to the campaign's past issues with paying cities security bills around campaign rallies: "Yawn".

The president also complained about decision by the city to ban off-duty police officers from wearing their uniforms to the event. "At a time when federal funding for local government is at a historic low, it is unfair for our taxpayers to foot the bill for the operating costs of an event like this with secret service and other major security demands".

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