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Trump confronts liberal Minneapolis ahead of key rally

President Donald Trump speaks before signing a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. Photo: (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks before signing a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington.

Updated: October 10, 2019 11:23 AM

President Donald Trump is headed to the liberal stronghold of Minneapolis for his first re-election rally since impeachment talk heated up.

Trump is expected to draw an overflow crowd of fans Thursday at Target Center, the city's basketball arena.

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The president is embracing the impeachment conflict, trading insults with the city's Democratic mayor this week and briefly threatening a lawsuit over disputed security costs around the event.

On Thursday morning, Ilhan Omar issued a statement on social media about the president's visit. 

"Trump will see his rally in my district today as an opportunity to attack me. But no smear will ever stop me from working toward what I'm in Congress to do," Omar said in a tweet. 


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Trump lands in Minnesota as polls show Americans' support for impeachment and for removing him from office have ticked up since House Democrats launched an impeachment investigation.

The president's advisor said the goal is to change the focus from impeachment and shift to key policy issues like health care. 

"I would expect the president will make reference to the Democratic attempts to pursue "Medicare for All" which will end being Medicare for none," White House Domestic Policy Advisor Joe Grogan said

Protesters have vowed to turn out by the thousands for the rally.

As for safety plan on Thursday night, the Minneapolis Police Department will be working with state and federal law enforcement agencies to make sure everyone stays safe. 

The president will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence.

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