Norm Coleman rips Jacob Frey in FB letter to the president

Frey calls providing security to Trump visit a "different dynamic"

The Morning News with Dave Lee
October 10, 2019 - 8:36 am
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey 4-26-19



The fact that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey won't attend President Trump's campaign rally at Target Center is not surprising.

After all, Frey maintains he's an opponent to the president's rhetoric, a fact that's drawn scorn from former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman.

But the mayor will still be busy Thursday night when Trump stages his rally in front of thousands of supporters, while just as many are expected to protest on the streets surrounding the arena.

"I will be hunkered down, working with our chief, making sure everyone in our city is safe," Frey told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News, hours before the rally's scheduled starting time.

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"Yes, it is a difficult dynamic, but I have full faith in my chief. He's got an excellent plan, he's been working with surrounding jurisdictions as well as the secret service. I do believe that our police officers can do a great job."

MPD officers assigned to security detail in an around Target Center will be in full uniform.

"There's just been a slew of misinformation out there," Frey said, noting that it's the city's policy that off-duty officers cannot wear uniforms when attending events for politicians.

"It's a policy that pretty much every single police department in the entire country has," he said. "Our Minneapolis police department is a non-partisan, non-idealogical entity charged with keeping people safe.That's exactly how I want our police department to be perceived." 

Frey maintains his disdain for the president's rhetoric, which the mayor says can be divisive. But he would not express his feelings about Trump holding a campaign rally in Minneapolis.

"That's not my position to say," Frey said.


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