Arizona airport says Trump campaign owes $13K from October rally

Arizona’s Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s campaign still owes $13,000 from expenses incurred for a rally last month.

Gateway Airport Executive Director Brian O’Neill told the airport authority at a November meeting that the airport covered the cost of additional lighting after the campaign failed to do so, according to the Arizona Republic. 

Trump visited Arizona to support of Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE, the GOP Senate nominee who lost to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.


Though Trump spoke at a private tenant’s air hangar on airport property and the event was not hosted by Gateway, the airport and city of Mesa paid for temporary lighting in the parking area.

A spokesperson for the airport told The Hill that the Trump campaign provided lighting coverage at a cost of $15,000, but due to safety and security needs, the airport felt the coverage was not adequate.

The spokesperson said the airport has not invoiced the Trump campaign for the additional expenses, but “certainly wouldn’t turn down any reimbursement.”

O’Neill reportedly said at the airport authority’s November meeting that a lack of lighting could have been a liability for the airport.

A spokesman for Mesa told the Arizona Republic that officials are still determining the total cost of Trump’s visit to the city.

The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

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–This report was updated at 2:33 p.m.

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