President Trump attacked Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Twitter Tuesday morning after the Trump campaign was informed of a $530,000 security fee for the president’s rally planned on Thursday, according to The Hill.
The president reacted by stating that “The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters. 72,000 ticket requests already. Dump Frey and Omar!” Trump’s reference to “Omar” dates back to previous conflict with Minneapolis area Representative Ilhan Omar.
Brad Parscale, the Trump Campaign Manager, in a press release on Tuesday accused Frey of “abusing the power of his office and attempting to extort President Trump’s re-election campaign.” Multiple municipalities that hosted Trump campaign rallies have accused the campaign of failing to pay security bills for the events.
The Center for Public Integrity released a report in June finding that 10 cities claim that Trump’s campaign never reimbursed them for public safety costs associated with rallies, some before his election in 2016.
Richard Meyers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, commented, “When one considers how much money campaigns raise and spend, it does not seem unreasonable to expect some degree of reimbursement for such demands for service.” The Major Cities Chiefs Association represents sheriffs and police chiefs around the country.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was attacked for issuing a $530,000 security fee prior to the Thursday Trump Rally.