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

Arizona airport says Trump campaign owes $13K from October rally
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Arizona’s Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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. 

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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.

--This report was updated at 2:33 p.m.