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

09 October 2019

Trump's campaign has threatened to sue AEG, the company that manages the arena, after Minneapolis city officials charged a stunning $530,000 for rally security, which the Target Center said the campaign must pay if they still want to use the venue.

"My position with respect to the operating costs remains unchanged: In keeping with our contract with AEG, taxpayers should be reimbursed for city-incurred costs resulting from the president's visit", Frey said in a statement following the Trump campaign's announcement.

"Yet AEG's failure to deliver the Target Center on October 9 would be a breach of contract, and the Campaign will aggressively pursue all remedies available to it in law or equity-not to mention in the court of public opinion".

The president said Tuesday he stands with the great police officers of Minneapolis, after they were banned from wearing their uniform at political rallies while off duty.

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

Many cities have sent invoices to the Trump campaign after his rallies are over, asking for reimbursement for tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for such things as staff overtime, traffic control, and extra law enforcement. Trump himself piled on the next morning, retweeting his campaign manager and calling Frey a "lightweight mayor" who "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.

The City's demand is particularly ridiculous in view of the fact that the security cost for President Obama's 2009 appearance at the Target Center was reported to be $20,000, 1/26th of what Frey is trying to charge President Trump. 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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Frey responded in a brief Tweet Tuesday morning, alluding to the campaign's past issues with paying cities security bills around campaign rallies: "Yawn". Frey is on record saying he regrets that "there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting".

Should the police union be allowed to sell "Cops for Trump" T-shirts online and at union headquarters?

"We are well aware of Mayor Frey's vocal partisan opposition to President Trump and calls to disrupt the rally".

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