Trump campaign threatens to sue Minneapolis arena over rally security bill


Trump's campaign has threatened to sue AEG, the company that manages the arena, after Minneapolis city officials charged a stunning $530,000 for rally security, which the Target Center said the campaign must pay if they still want to use the venue. The Trump campaign accused Frey of "abusing the power of his office" and "conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security".

"The Trump campaign informed the Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is exclusively responsible for coordinating security and that withholding the use of the arena would be viewed as a breach of contract and result in court action", the campaign said in a statement.

The Trump campaign says if the city does not agree to honor the Target Center contract, it will go to court.

The rally, Trump's first since the House moved toward impeachment over his handling of a phone call with Ukraine's president, is in a state Trump almost won in 2016 and has talked frequently of capturing in 2020. The letter said the Trump campaign "will aggressively pursue all remedies available to it in law or equity". If the Campaign does not, you assert, AEG will deem it a default or force majeure and cancel the contract. Trump himself piled on the next morning, retweeting his campaign manager and calling Frey a "lightweight mayor" who "is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters". "72,000 ticket requests already". Kroll told Fox News that "Cops for Trump" shirts that were made up in response are selling out.

Trump attacked Frey on Twitter on Tuesday, writing: "Someone please tell the Radical Left Mayor of Minneapolis that he can't price out Free Speech". Dump Frey and (Rep. Ilhan) Omar!

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Frey later responded, "Yawn".

Your letter of this morning on behalf of AEG threatening to terminate the rental contract at the last minute seems to rest on a representation by the City of Minneapolis that, without any apparent backup support, that "additional security and related costs" associated with the rally will be $530,000.

By comparison in 2009, President Barack Obama held a rally at the Target Center, and the extra security cost was around $20,000 according to a report at the time. He also regretted that there was "no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting".

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