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Trump campaign: We won fight over Minneapolis rally

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey who is Jewish told reporters after his budget address Thursday Aug. 15 2019 in Minneapolis that Israel should not ban Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn. from visiting that country. Israel said Thursday that it will bar Omar and Rep Trump Campaign Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Trying to Block Trump Rally 46AP
Gustavo Carr | 09 October, 2019, 05:11

President Trump called Tuesday for Minneapolis voters to "dump" Mayor Jacob Frey - as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. - amid an escalating battle over a rally Trump plans to hold at the city's Target Center arena this Thursday. And two: the Trump campaign has a left a trail of bad debts, some several years old at this point, in cities around the country. "The Target Center attempted to pass the costs on to the Trump campaign under threat of withholding the use of the arena". The costs range from a $16,191 invoice from the tiny 20,000-person Lebanon City, Ohio, to a whopping $570,000 owed to the city of El Paso since February. Proceeds for the shirts are going to police union charities. Many, the report notes, didn't even bother asking. "Neither the Campaign nor AEG is responsible for arranging or paying for rally-related security", the letter states. A June event in Duluth, Minn., cost $69,000.

"This last-minute squeeze seems to be nothing but a pretextual political effort with serious First Amendment ramifications", a letter read from the Trump campaign's lawyer to the Target Center's management firm. Rather, the U.S. Secret Service - and the U.S. Secret Service alone - is "solely and directly" responsible for coordinating law enforcement services in connection with the rally. There are other isolated examples of candidates and cities disagreeing about who should foot the bill, but few campaign have left as many bad debts in their wake as the Trump campaign.

"We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday night", said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in a statement announcing the news.

President Trump's reelection campaign accused the liberal mayor of Minneapolis on Monday of trying to shut down his planned Thursday rally via an extortionate security bill.

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The campaign said the city sent the security cost estimate to Target Center's operator, AEG Management, which threatened to cancel its contract to host the rally if the costs weren't covered.

In his retweet, Trump added, "The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters". After the deadline passed on Tuesday Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told ABC News, "We will have something to say when it's appropriate".

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