Trump campaign says Target Center rally will go ahead, it won't pay extra costs

It follows a spat between Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and President Trump.
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After a day of sniping between Mayor Jacob Frey and President Trump, the Trump campaign has announced that Thursday rally at Target Center will indeed go ahead, and that it won't be paying the costs demanded up front by the City of Minneapolis.

The city had ordered Target Center operators AEG Worldwide to cover the additional costs expected to be borne by the city to host President Trump's rally, with AEG then seeking to recoup those expenses – estimated by Mayor Frey at $530,000 – from the Trump campaign.

This prompted the campaign to threaten legal action against AEG for breach of contract, prompting a back-and-forth exchange between President Trump and Mayor Frey on Twitter.

Frey argued that the president's campaign "must pay its bills," noting that multiple cities had not been reimbursed for providing policing and other associated services after hosting the president's campaign events.

The campaign had argued that the responsibility of organizing security belongs to the Secret Service, and it had not formed part of the contract it struck with Target Center.

On Tuesday evening, campaign manager Brad Parscale announced that Target Center had "backed off" on its demands and that "consistent with our original agreement with the venue, the Trump campaign has agreed not to pay any additional funds."

At a Tuesday press conference, Frey had provided a breakdown of the estimated costs, saying $400,000 would cover the overtime city police officers would earn by securing the event and associated counter-protest, with the rest accounting for the costs of shutting down several city streets around the arena.

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He said that this would be the norm going forward for all campaign events, regardless of political persuasion.

The campaign of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar told BMTN that it had paid the City of Minneapolis for the cost of police for the launch of her presidential campaign at Boom Island earlier this year.

The Trump campaign had pointed to the cost of Minneapolis hosting President Obama in 2009, which at the time was estimated at $20,000.

But Mayor Frey said that this event differs from Trump's as Obama was in town in his official capacity as president, where Trump's event is a campaign rally.

He also said the way the city polices major events has changed since then, saying that the policing cost when the city hosted the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl came to $1.5 million and $6 million respectively.

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