Donald Trump’s American Freedom Tour in Austin: Who Pays for Security?

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Former President Donald Trump will take his American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, and as one might imagine, security will be tighter than the average comic book convention.

“As a former president, the event will have enhanced security protocols,” a spokesperson for the city’s Convention Center Department told KXAN.

The department said that while its own security team would provide support, security would ultimately be up to the event organizers.

As a former president, Trump receives lifetime protection from the Secret Service.

“[The organizers] they are also working with other national, local and private security agencies,” the convention center said.

The department said it did not expect to incur any additional expenses due to the event.

KXAN has reached out to the Austin Police Department to see if it plans to send additional officers to the center on Saturday and, if it does, how much it might cost. We have also contacted the American Freedom Tour itself.

Events featuring former President Trump have led to unpaid bills in cities across the US, most for additional expenses related to police and public safety.

The city of El Paso told KXAN that it has yet to receive the roughly $570,000 it is owed from the Trump re-election campaign for a rally at the El Paso Convention Center in 2019. Most of the money went toward costs. police.

Cities like Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Spokane, Washington found themselves in similar situations.

After several bills sent to the Trump campaign went unanswered, El Paso eventually hired outside attorneys to help collect.

On Friday, the Austin Convention Center Department told KXAN that American Freedom Tour has already paid the full amount of “all anticipated facility and accessory rental costs.”

Saturday’s event begins at 8 a.m. Guest speakers and panelists include Donald Trump Jr., former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and musician Ted Nugent.

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