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

Henrietta Strickland
October 8, 2019

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.

Trump's campaign accused Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been critical of the president, of "conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security" at Thursday's rally at Target Center. Probably illegal! I stand strongly [and] proudly with the great Police Officers and Law Enforcement of Minneapolis and the Great State of Minnesota!

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

That seems like a fair assessment. City officials have been mum publicly about the anticipated security costs.

The Trump campaign's legal team sent the Target Center's parent company, AEG Management, a letter Monday declaring that refusing to allow Trump to hold his event there would be a breach of contract. The letter said the Trump campaign "will aggressively pursue all remedies available to it in law or equity".

Your position is clearly wrong under the plain wording of the contract.

Trump's lawyers referred to the Secret Service's responsibility for arranging law enforcement services in connection with the rally and quote the contract: "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 Campaign can not be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG. "Yet AEG's failure to deliver the Target Center on October 9 would be a breach of contract".

Officers also wore uniforms in 2013, when Democratic President Barack Obama came to Minneapolis and spoke to an invitation-only audience about gun violence at the Police Department's Special Operations Center in north Minneapolis.

It is obvious what is going on here.

Instead of their uniforms, many cops planned to don bright read t-shirts with a "Cops for Trump" logo expressing their support for the president, a move he applauded.

Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said last week that when former President Bill Clinton made a public appearance to lobby for his crime bill in 1994, uniformed officers were part of the setting, with some there "against their will".

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