- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Trump administration declared victory Tuesday in its brief dispute with a Minneapolis arena and the city government over security costs for a planned rally this week.

Campaign manager Brad Parscale posted to Twitter a brief statement saying that the Target Center “has backed off canceling the contract” as it had threatened to do so if the Trump campaign didn’t pay more than $530,000 — more than 26 times what President Barack Obama had paid for a 2009 rally.

Mr. Parscale said the Trump campaign had upheld “the original agreement” and “has not agreed to pay any additional funds.”

On Monday, Mr. Parscale had blamed the security-cost dispute on Mayor Jacob Frey, whom the campaign dubbed a “radical leftist.” Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Frey seemed to have backed the arena, writing on Twitter: “Yawn… Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.”

But later in the afternoon, Mr. Parscale said in a tweet attached to the statement that the Trump campaign was “looking forward to seeing you Thursday. It is going to be huge!”

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