UNITED STATES—Despite opposition from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Mayor Jacob Frey, President Donald Trump appeared at a rally in Minneapolis’ Target Center on Thursday, October 10. A letter was sent to President Trump on October 7, by AEG Facilities’ Manager, Hugh Lombardi.
“The City of Minneapolis has presented a preliminary estimate of additional security and related costs associated with the October 10, 2019 event at Target Center. These estimated additional expenses total $530,000,” said Lambardi.
President Trump sent out a tweet in response to the letter, threatening to sue the city of Minneapolis.
Omar tweeted: “Trump is trying to poison Minnesota with his lies and his corporate money. We won’t let him.” Omar also retweeted a message from the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
“Trump is coming to Minnesota this week to break our blue wall and flip our state red in 2020. That can’t happen,” tweeted the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and directed readers how to donate.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo banned his police force from attending the rally in uniform.
“I want to be sure when the public sees us, they don’t believe we are showing favor to any certain political candidate” said Chief Medaria.
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“It was kept completely secret from us,” said Lt. Bob Kroll, President of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis in a statement. “We believe it infringes upon the federation’s rights to have influence in the political process, and let them know where our federation stands and who our federation endorses.”
The Federation created “Cops for Trump” shirts which are available to purchase for $20 on their website.
President Trump landed in Minnesota to the Women for Trump committee greeting Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence. President Trump sent a tweet thanking the people of Minneapolis for coming out to support him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019