Trump's Minneapolis rally on despite security costs dispute

Most cities never bother to send a bill assuming politicians won't pay. Duluth ate $69,000 in police costs for a Trump rally last year

Jacob Frey, Minneapolis mayor, trying to shut down Donald Trump rally, campaign says

According to the Trump team's statement, "the ridiculous sum of $530,000 is more than 26 times the estimated security costs for a 2009 Target Center health care rally held by President Barack Obama".

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

"This last-minute squeeze seems to be nothing but a pretextual political effort with serious First Amendment ramifications", a letter read from the Trump campaign's lawyer to the Target Center's management firm.

Campaign manager Brad Parscale said late October 8 that the company had backed down.

Trump criticized Frey in a series of tweets Tuesday, calling him a "lightweight".

"Yawn", Frey replied to Trump.

"Welcome to Minneapolis where we cover our bills we govern with integrity, and we all love all our neighbors", Frey stated in a different tweet.

"Since 2015, the Trump Campaign has held almost 550 rallies all over the country, and this invoice is roughly 10 times the amount that a locality generally asks to be reimbursed", Michael Glassner, chief operating officer with the Trump campaign, told ABC News in a statement back in August regarding the outstanding El Paso bill.

Instead, the city imposed a large bill.

Neither Minneapolis' city attorney nor the operator of Target Center immediately responded to messages Tuesday.

Frey told reporters: "We've asked that AEG abide by the contract that we have them ensuring the associated costs of events such as this one are covered". The president called on Minnesotans to "dump" Omar and the liberal Minneapolis mayor. "It doesn't matter who the candidate is or what the event is, if it's anticipated that there will be a need for additional response ... a source of revenue for that needs to be found". He also said that the city handles public safety differently in 2019 than it did in 2009, noting that the costs linked to the 2018 Super Bowl were $6 million and the 2019 NCAA Final Four cost some $1.5 million.

"We don't operate to make profits on these types of events", Ruff said. A previous unpaid security fee for his rally in El Paso, Texas in February of this year was also roughly the same amount. To Donal Trump's broadside over the city's security bill for a rally at the Target canter. She held a sign that said "Trump not above the law". On Tuesday afternoon Vice President Mike Pence announced he was planning to join Trump at the Target Center on Thursday. "As such, no law enforcement costs shall be coordinated by [AEG], charged through [AEG] to [the Campaign], or shall otherwise be reimbursable expenses in connection with the [contract]".

"The fiscal impact on local governments, especially during campaign seasons in critical vote states or communities, can be significant", Richard Myers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, told CPI.

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