Trump campaign threatens lawsuit over Minnesota security costs

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Minneapolis officials told the Target Center, where Trump is slated to appear on Thursday night, that it would be responsible for the $530,000 the city says it will need to beef up security for President Donald Trump's visit.

"The Target Center has backed off cancelling the contract, which means President Trump's Keep America Great rally will go on as scheduled", the campaign said in a statement.

The Target Center, the home of the NBA's Timberwolves, then attempted to pass that bill along to the Trump campaign "under threat of withholding the use of the arena", the Trump statement said.

"Frey's city government preemptively informed the Target Center that it would be responsible for $530,000 in security and other costs related to the event", the campaign wrote.

President Trump thanks the Minneapolis Police Federation for their support, while criticizing the city's mayor.

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

Earlier in the day Trump tweeted that 72,000 people had already asked for free tickets to the Thursday rally. Trump's rally is to be held in the congressional district of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Trump slammed Frey in a tweet Tuesday morning, calling him a "lightweight".

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"Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors", Frey tweeted back.

Hugh Lombardi, AEG Facilities' general manager, sent a letter to the Trump campaign's director of advance, Bobby Peede, on October 7.

The campaign wrote in a letter to AEG that the campaign and AEG are not required to pay for security and threatened to sue.

Frey and the Target Center did not respond immediately to Newsweek's requests for comment.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Manchester on August 15, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

When the rally was announced last month, Frey said Trump's "message of hatred" would never be welcome in Minnesota.

"Since 2015, the Trump Campaign has held almost 550 rallies all over the country, and this invoice is roughly 10 times the amount that a locality generally asks to be reimbursed", Michael Glassner, chief operating officer with the Trump campaign, told ABC News in a statement back in August regarding the outstanding El Paso bill. Frey said the Trump campaign's complaint is with AEG. But at a news conference Tuesday, he said the city will do all it can to guarantee a "safe and peaceful week", regardless of his political differences with Trump.

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