Trump 2020 Rips 'Radical Leftist' Minneapolis Mayor

US president Donald Trump is facing an impeachment enquiry

US president Donald Trump is facing an impeachment enquiry

President Trump accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey of trying to "price out" free speech on Tuesday after claiming city government told the venue for Trump's upcoming rally it would be on the hook for $530,000 in security costs. "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 then attempted to pass the costs on to the Trump campaign under threat of withholding use of the arena".

The president said Tuesday he stands with the great police officers of Minneapolis, after they were banned from wearing their uniform at political rallies while off duty.

Many cities have sent invoices to the Trump campaign after his rallies are over, asking for reimbursement for tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for such things as staff overtime, traffic control, and extra law enforcement.

The Trump campaign also released a letter from its lawyers at Jones Day to AEG, the management company that runs the Target Center.

Trump retweeted his campaign manager and wrote: "The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters".

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.

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President Trump issued his own message for the mayor on Twitter, which Frey did not take seriously.

Trump weighed in as well, encouraging his supporters in a Tuesday morning tweet to "dump" Frey, as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), whose district is in Minneapolis.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the president said the Frey can not "price out free speech".

"We presume this contrived legal justification for threatening to terminate the contract is the result of AEG receiving pressure from City leadership determined to cancel the rally". The Minneapolis police union has responded by selling t-shirts that say "Cops for Trump". A rally held in Rochester, Minn., in October 2018 cost the city $76,138.

Frey opposed the president's visit in a statement last September.

Once the firestorm over Trump's rally has passed, Minneapolis should establish a written, nonpartisan policy on cost reimbursement for political campaign events.

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