Donald Trump makes first Minnesota stop as candidate, with no public events
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Donald Trump is making his first visit to Minnesota as a presidential candidate, but the Republican nominee doesn’t have any public events scheduled.
The Trump campaign has remained tight-lipped about the details of The Donald’s visit. According to an invitation obtained by the Pioneer Press, supporters are paying a minimum of $1,000 to attend the event hosted by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and deep-pocketed Republican donors, including Stanley Hubbard.
This is Donald Trump’s first visit to Minnesota since he announced bid for the White House last summer. Since then, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has visited the Twin Cities a couple of times, as recently as a last month.
The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee plans to protest Trump’s visit, calling the New York businessman “a human rights at catastrophe for immigrants.” The group plans to assemble outside the Minneapolis Convention Center at 5 p.m. Friday, with Trump’s fundraiser reportedly kicking off at 6 p.m.
The local Somali-American community is also upset over comments Trump made about vetting refugees and saying it could lead to “recruiting targets.”
"Creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state's — I mean the state is having tremendous problems — its safety net, and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamic terror groups," Trump said during a speech in Portland, Maine.
Trump is also expected to visit flood-damaged areas of Louisiana on Friday, and hold a rally in Michigan.