- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in Rhode Island says reports that the GOP presidential candidate is not coming to the state on Friday are overblown because he never booked a visit.

Republican state Rep. Joseph Trillo, honorary campaign chairman, also denies that security concerns are preventing Trump from coming.

State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell said earlier Wednesday that Trump canceled the trip. He said police were alerted by the Secret Service.

Trillo told The Providence Journal that Trump was looking to hold an event at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center or Rhode Island Convention Center.

Larry Lepore, the general manager of both facilities, says no one from the Trump campaign ever spoke with them. He says security would not be an issue because they have plenty of experience with protests at events.

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