Iowa State Fair grounds Trump's helicopter idea
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The Iowa State Fair on Thursday said GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE will not be allowed to fly children in his helicopter during the event next month.
State Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson said Trump is not getting permission for the novel campaign attraction, according to The Des Moines Register.
“He is welcome to land his helicopter anywhere outside the grounds and take people on rides or whatever he would like to do,” Williamson said.
“But that will not be happening on Iowa State Fair grounds,” she added.
Trump initially asked fair organizers about conducting the unusual amusement before it starts August 13, according to The Daily Mail.
“I’m going to try giving kids lifts in the helicopter,” he said Wednesday.
“We’re asking approval,” he said. “We’re really doing it. If I can do it – if I’m allowed to do it.”
Trump reportedly owns a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter worth $7 million.
The aircraft is one of three helicopters the billionaire owns and once appeared in the opening credits of his “Celebrity Apprentice” reality television series.
He added Wednesday that he would enjoy using the vehicle for thrill rides during the eleven-day Iowa State Fair.
“It would be magnificent,” Trump said of the idea. “It’s cool. Isn’t it cool?”
The Daily Mail reported that Trump’s helicopter sports 12 seats crafted from Italian leather and 18-karat gold-plated seat belts.
It also has a dispenser for Trump’s ice water brand.
Trump vowed Wednesday that his campaign staff would fly the helicopter to the fair from his headquarters in New York City.
“You know, it’s like a 10-hour flight to go out,” he said of the trip.
Trump’s idea comes as the outspoken billionaire is surging in multiple national polls.
A new Quinnipiac survey released Thursday shows he is the leading choice in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
It found that Trump leads the GOP’s 2016 field with 20 percent support. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker trails the New York business mogul with 13 percent.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, meanwhile, took third in the sampling with 10 percent support.