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El Paso Says Trump Still Owes The City Over $500,000 For Rally Held 6-Months Ago


El Paso Says Trump Still Owes The City Over $500,000 For Rally Held 6-Months Ago

President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign still owes El Paso, Texas, over $500,000 for police and public safety services used for a rally that took place in the city nearly six months ago, a city official said Monday.

Laura Cruz-Acosta, communications manager for the city manager’s office, told The Texas Tribune that the president’s campaign owes the city $569,204.63 for services El Paso provided for a February rally.

“The city staff have followed the process and procedures as it relates to any invoicing that we provide, and we will continue to do so accordingly as per city and state policies,” Cruz-Acosta told the news outlet.

Cruz-Acosta said Trump’s campaign initially owed the city $470,417.05. The city later increased the amount by 21 percent after the campaign failed to make a payment by a June deadline.

“It shows a lack of concern for the community and the tax paying voters of El Paso,” city Rep. Alexsandra Annello told the newspaper at the time. “President Trump has in many ways, over the last year, put a financial burden on this community and has yet to show us the respect we deserve. It is clear that our borderland is not a priority of the president.”

The invoice included assistance from six city departments, including the fire, health, aviation and police departments.

The delinquent debt has come under renewed scrutiny following a mass shooting in El Paso over the weekend that left 22 dead and dozens more injured.

After the shooting, Trump declared that the Texas border city would receive “all the support of the federal government.”

Trump also plans to visit the city on Wednesday.

Some Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, have said Trump is not welcome and should not come to El Paso.


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