Trump campaign says Minneapolis rally is set

Henrietta Brewer
October 9, 2019

President Trump's campaign on Tuesday that they had won a dispute with a Minneapolis arena to hold a MAGA rally there Thursday without paying $530,000 bill for security.

The campaign says the city of Minneapolis presented the operator of Target Center a $530,000 bill for security costs, and the arena operator had sought help from the campaign.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Trump's campaign manager said the campaign didn't agree to pay any additional funds and they have clearance to use the venue. Rather, the U.S. Secret Service - and the U.S. Secret Service alone - is "solely and directly" responsible for coordinating law enforcement services in connection with the rally.

President Trump has a campaign rally scheduled for Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, and Mayor Jacob Frey is attempting to block it.

President Trump blasted Frey on Tuesday by tweeting: "The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters".

Earlier in the day Trump tweeted that 72,000 people had already asked for free tickets to the Thursday rally. But it takes place in a traditionally liberal city and the home turf of a frequent foil, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Frey responded on Twitter: "Yawn".

"The Campaign can not be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG", the letter continues.

Frey said more than $400,000 of the extra costs came from the Minneapolis Police Department's estimate for extra security, and the remainder were for other costs to the city associated with the event, including setting up security barriers.

PolitiFact reached out to multiple city and police department officials as well as the Target Center and its manager, AEG Facilities, and did not receive any responses to our questions. Its law firm threatened to sue AEG if the rally doesn't proceed. The Star Tribune reported that Trump's rally in Rochester in 2018 cost the city government $76,138 while a rally in Duluth cost the city more than $69,000.

Frey said when Trump's rally was announced last month that Trump's "message of hatred" was unwelcome.

"My members are outraged", Kroll said in a televised interview September 29 with Fox News.

There is no specific requirement within the provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act or Federal Election Commission regulations for congressional or presidential campaign committees to pay for expenses incurred by a state or local government for campaign events, said Myles Martin, an FEC spokesman. "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 price for security was $20,000, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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