UPDATE: Trump campaign says rally will go on

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign says his Minneapolis rally will go ahead as scheduled Thursday after a brief dispute over security costs.

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. The campaign says it was prepared to sue, and Trump himself accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a Trump critic, of trying to sabotage the event.

Trump’s campaign said in a statement Tuesday that Target Center operators backed off cancelling the contract, and the Trump campaign is not paying any additional money.

Frey earlier defended the security cost estimate, saying it was reasonable and that he had a duty to taxpayers to ensure safety.

 


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign has threatened to sue Minneapolis for trying to force it to pay $530,000 in security costs for this week’s rally in the city.

Trump’s campaign, in a statement late Monday night, said Mayor Jacob Frey is abusing the power of his office by “conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security” at Thursday’s rally at the Target Center.

The Star Tribune says city officials told the Target Center, which is managed by AEG, that it would be responsible for the security costs. The center allegedly tried to pass the bill on to Trump’s campaign, letting it know the arena wouldn’t be available unless it paid for security.

The Trump campaign says if the city does not agree to honor the Target Center contract, it will go to court.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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