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President Trump's campaign discusses Rochester visit, Minnesota DFL responds

Devin Martin
Created: October 28, 2020 05:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) - President Donald Trump will be in Rochester Friday, and there’s no doubt that’s going to be a busy day.

But what does the Trump campaign have to tell voters in our area?

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Hogan Gidley, the national press secretary for the Trump Campaign says the President will keep his promise to voters.

"2016 was about the promises he made and 2020 is about the promises he kept,” Gidley said.

President Donald Trump is holding one of his now-famous rallies on the tarmac. His campaign saying over Zoom, they want to make sure anyone who attends is safe.

"Anytime we gather it's outdoors. We make sure to give all of the attendees' facemasks, we encourage them to wear them and we also temperature check everyone that comes in and we give hand sanitizer. We want to make sure that everyone that attends does so safely and that they follow the guidelines in their states,” Gidley said.

Hogan Gidley says people can expect big things from the President.

"Look the president wants to take his message all over the country. We have a few days left in his campaign. We've got the best candidate, he's got the best message, and lord knows he's got the best work ethic,” Gidley said.

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton says she's worried.

 "We are very concerned that the campaigns and in particular this campaign is coming into our city at this time. It's days before the election. The Communities and states around us are a hotbed for COVID and they will be bussing people into the rally. So we could actually, be bringing in some of those outsiders in those red areas into our own community,” Mayor Norton said.

County health officials recommend if you attend any large gathering and you think you might have been exposed, get tested. 

They say they still have work to do to prepare for Friday.

“At this time we are still working with our community partners to develop key messages regarding safety precautions and recommendations,” Shaylene Baumbach, health promotion manager for Olmsted County Public Health said.

One things for certain, no matter what side of the aisle you're on, people will attend this rally. 

 "This president has done more to improve the lives of all Americans in 47 months,” Gidley said.

Minnesota DFL released a statement on Trump's plan to visit Minnesota Friday.

“Just days before Election Day, President Trump is coming to Minnesota in a final attempt to distract Minnesotans from the devastating reality of his failed coronavirus response and his relentless attacks on the ACA. Even during this pandemic, he’s still trying to repeal health care from millions -- including protections for as many as 4 in 10 Americans with preexisting conditions -- which he confirmed yet again in his interview with 60 Minutes last weekend. Minnesotans deserve a leader like Joe Biden who will fight for working families, expand health care coverage, and build an economy that works for everyone. Donald Trump has shown us time and time again that he has no one in mind but himself,” DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said.

ABC 6 NEWS also reached out the Rochester International Airport for more information regarding the event and they say they were unavailable for an interview.

For more information about the event, visit this link.


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