The City of El Paso confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that the bill has still not been paid by the Trump campaign-and the city of Minneapolis has taken notice, even reaching out to the City of El Paso regarding the bill, according to El Paso Communications Director Laura Cruz-Acosta.
"Bob Kroll of the great Minneapolis Police Department for your kind words on @foxandfriends", Trump added, referring to the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, who told the program that Frey was discriminating against Trump ahead of his upcoming rally at the Target Center on Thursday.
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.
That seems like a fair assessment. City officials have been mum publicly about the anticipated security costs.More news: Lupita Shows Off Impressive Rap Skills During American Talk Show
The campaign said arena management attempted to pass the costs to the campaign under threat of withholding use of the arena.
The Minneapolis police union has come out with a "Cops for Trump" T-shirt, just days after the Police Department banned officers from wearing their uniforms in support of candidates at political events or in ads.
Your position is clearly wrong under the plain wording of the contract. "Neither the Campaign nor AEG is responsible for arranging or paying for rally-related security", the letter states.
The Trump campaign threatened to sue the Target Center for breach of contract if it withholds the use of its facilities over the bill and stated that the U.S. Secret Service, which has responsibility for protecting the president, has the sole responsibility for coordinating security. "He's shown that he's a very pro-law enforcement president". The Campaign can not be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG.More news: Sen. Johnson defends Pres. Trump, skeptical of Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency
The statement said that the $530,000 is more than 26 times the estimated security costs for a 2009 health care rally held by President Barack Obama at the Target Center.
It is obvious what is going on here. He has now conjured up the ridiculous security theory in order to scuttle Trump's appearance, as a grandstanding ploy to enhance his popularity in a city that is struggling with rising violent crime and lack of economic development.
In the past, Frey has spoken out against the president, calling his actions "reprehensible" and saying that Trump's "message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis", the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.More news: Nick Jonas is replacing Adam Levine on NBC's 'The Voice'