President Trump to hold campaign rally at Target Center next month

It'll be the president's first rally in Minneapolis.
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President Donald Trump will be in Minneapolis next month, as he holds a campaign rally at Target Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

It'll mark the president's first official campaign rally in Minneapolis, with his most recent Minnesota rallies taking place in Rochester and Duluth. 

He also visited a company in Burnsville this past April, and briefly stopped in an aircraft hangar outside MSP Airport in the final days of the 2016 election, 

The Minneapolis rally will be held in the largest location so far, the 19,000-plus capacity home of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.

In the announcement, the Trump campaign cites Minnesota's recent job figures as showing the economy is "booming" thanks to his policies.

It goes on to say the president has "delivered on his promises, and he looks forward to celebrating those successes with the great men and women of Minnesota."

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It was reported earlier this year that President Trump has made Minnesota a key target in his re-election campaign, having narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The most recent polls however state that President Trump's net approval is minus-14 in Minnesota.

His planned rally has been welcomed by Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, who said: "We are excited to welcome Donald Trump back to Minnesota.

"Get ready Minnesota and Minneapolis!"

On the other hand, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has been less welcoming, saying: "Under ordinary circumstances, it would be an honor to welcome a sitting President of the United States to Minneapolis and to showcase all our city has to offer on the national stage. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances. Since taking office President Trump’s actions have been reprehensible and his rhetoric has made it clear that he does not value the perspectives or rights of Minneapolis’ diverse communities.

"On October 10, our entire city will stand not behind the President, but behind the communities and people who continue to make our city – and this country – great. While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis."

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