City Charges Trump $500K, Obama $20K For Rally Security

Laverne Higgins
October 9, 2019

Trump echoed his campaign's attacks on Frey in a string of tweets Tuesday morning, including blasting the "Radical Left Mayor of Minneapolis" for trying to "price out Free Speech".

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.

"The Trump campaign informed the Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is exclusively responsible for coordinating security and that withholding the use of the arena would be viewed as a breach of contract and result in court action", the campaign said in a statement.

The Trump campaign threatened to sue a Minneapolis arena for passing along a half-million-dollar security bill from the city to cover costs of the president's political rally there later this week.

President Trump has a campaign rally scheduled for Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10, and Mayor Jacob Frey is attempting to block it. On Tuesday afternoon Vice President Mike Pence announced he was planning to join Trump at the Target Center on Thursday. But it takes place in a traditionally liberal city and the home turf of a frequent foil, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

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"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. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. It also said the sum was far more than that for a 2009 health care rally at the building by President Barack Obama.

On Monday, the Trump campaign released a letter from its lawyers to AEG, the management company that runs the Target Center in Minneapolis.

According to a June report from the Center for Public Integrity, the campaign has stuck at least ten cities with security bills that reach nearly $1 million dollars combined in the last three years. The city's police union spokesman has complained about the policy, and the union is selling "Cops for Trump" T-shirts.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the president said the Frey can not "price out free speech".

"They're free to express their First Amendment rights but should do so off-duty", he said.

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