History has shown that Trump never pays his bills.
Courtesy of Salon:
President Trump’s re-election campaign threatened to sue the city of Minneapolis after accusing Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey of overcharging for security costs at a rally scheduled for Thursday.
Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale accused Frey of overcharging the Target Center arena $530,000 for security and other costs associated with the rally. Though the arena “attempted to pass the costs on to the Trump campaign under threat of withholding use,” the campaign said in a statement, Trump’s team “informed the Target Center that the U.S. Secret Service is solely responsible for coordinating security.”
The campaign claimed that denying it the use of the arena, which is owned by the city but managed by a private company, would be a “breach of contract and result in court action.” The campaign’s law firm, Jones Day, claimed that such a move would pose “serious First Amendment ramifications.”
Parscale on Twitter accused Frey of “trying to deny the rights of his own city’s residents just because he hates the President.” Trump similarly accused Frey of trying to “price out Free Speech.”
“Yawn,” Frey replied to Trump. “Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.”
I have never heard of this Mayor Frey guy before, but I think I am his newest fan.
And he is not wrong in wanting the money up front.
As reported by the Center for Public Integrity, Trump has left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake:
At least nine other city governments — from Mesa, Arizona, to Erie, Pennsylvania — are still waiting for Trump to pay public safety-related invoices they’ve sent his presidential campaign committee in connection with his political rallies, according to interviews with local officials and municipal records obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
Some invoices are three years old. In all, city governments say Trump’s campaign owes them at least $841,219.
Trump was famous for not paying contractors for work they did on his buildings as well so skipping out on the bill is deeply ingrained in his personality.
If I were the mayor of any city I would also demand the money upfront as well as a steep deposit for any additional costs not accounted for in the initial estimate.
Trump is a liar, a cheat, and swindler.
And just because Republicans chose him to be their president does not mean that cities are obligated to host his rallies without appropriate compensation.