UPDATED 3:45 PM PST – Thursday, October 10, 2019
President Trump is returning to Minnesota for a “Keep America Great” rally. The rally will take place on Thursday at 8p.m. ET at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event. The president shared a video of the growing crowd earlier on Twitter, thanking Minneapolis for their support.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Ahead of his visit, the president traded jabs with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey regarding the cost of the rally venue and new dress code guidelines for attending police officers.
Someone tell the President of the United States that he can afford to help pay for the extra time our officers will be putting in while he’s in town. https://t.co/bXITaPdW4E
— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) October 8, 2019
The city charged the Target Center over half a million dollars in security fees, which was then passed along to President Trump’s team. The $530,000 fee is about 25 times larger than the charge former President Obama received for using the same venue for a healthcare rally in 2009. The Trump campaign threatened to sue the Target Center, but the venue backed off and cancelled the contract for the event.
The city’s police officers were also banned from wearing their uniforms at political events while off duty. Lieutenant Bob Kroll of the Minneapolis Police Federation said the ban was politically motivated because it was enforced hours after President Trump confirmed his rally in Minnesota.
While attending officers will not be able to wear their uniforms at the event, Kroll said they will show their support for the president by wearing their “Cops for Trump” shirts, which have sold to hundreds of supporters.
Lieutenant Kroll will join Vice President Mike Pence on the rally stage before President Trump gives his big speech. The president is expected to promote the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and tout the success of the U.S. economy under his presidency.