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President Trump returns to Rochester for campaign rally

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Updated: October 30, 2020 06:29 PM
Created: October 30, 2020 12:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) - President Donald Trump is campaigning in Rochester Friday with a scheduled event at the Rochester International Airport. ABC 6 News will be live at the event with on-air coverage and the full event streaming right here. 

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President Trump landed at RST around 5:45 p.m. and got into his motorcade and drove out to the big crowd outside the airport fence. 

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 

4:35 p.m.     The President arrives at Rochester International Airport

4:45 p.m.     The President delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again Peaceful Protest

5:50 p.m.     The President departs Rochester, MN, en route to Washington, D.C.

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3:44 p.m.

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The City of Rochester said the event has maxed out at 250 people. Officials are advising people who aren’t invited to stay home. “The safest choice is to stay home. For those who attend, we do ask that they wear a mask, stay at least six feet apart” -Olmsted Co. Public Health

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Rochester police swear in seven officers to help cover today's event. 

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12:45 p.m.

(AP) - President Donald Trump is hitting the Midwest as he begins the critical final stretch before Election Day. He'll be campaigning in Michigan and Wisconsin — two states he narrowly carried in 2016 — as well as Minnesota, which he narrowly lost.

Trump told reporters as he left the White House in his signature hyperbole, “We got the biggest crowds in the history of politics and I think you will all be witness to that.”

Trump has been drawing thousands of supporters, most not wearing masks, to rallies across the country despite the coronavirus pandemic and has faced minimal opposition from local leaders.

But state and local officials have insisted he abide by a 250 cap on large events in Rochester, Minnesota.

Trump complained that “25,000 people want to be there. And they say you can only have 250 people. They thought I’d cancel. But I’m not canceling and we’ll find out what happens.“

His closing sprint to Election Day will include three stops in Pennsylvania on Saturday and nearly a dozen events in the final 48 hours across states he carried in 2016.

Democrat Joe Biden was visiting Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota on Friday. He will hit Michigan on Saturday, where he’ll hold a joint rally with former President Barack Obama.

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7:30 a.m.

(AP) - President Donald Trump’s campaign says it will cap his planned rally Friday in Rochester, Minnesota to 250 people at the insistence of state and local officials.

The announcement comes as Trump’s campaign sought to shift the venue to a nearby business but ultimately reversed course and moved ahead with the rally at the airport. Trump has packed thousands of supporters, most not wearing masks, into similar rallies across the country, despite the raging coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign said: “Thanks to the free speech-stifling dictates of Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison, only the first 250 people will be admitted.”

In recent months Trump and his campaign have taken to calling their rallies “peaceful protests” as they flout local restrictions on gathering sizes due to the virus.

The Minnesota Department of Health has linked 28 coronavirus cases to other recent Trump campaign events in the state.

Democrat Joe Biden, meanwhile, will be holding a socially-distanced drive-in event in St. Paul on Friday, his campaign said.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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