Mobile, Alabama, mayor won't ask Trump to pay rally expenses

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2015 11:55 AM

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Mobile, Alabama, says he will not ask Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign to repay thousands of dollars in expenses incurred by the city for his August political rally.

Media reports have said the city spent more than $16,000 on the Trump visit, mostly for police overtime and buses. Mayor Sandy Stimpson told WALA-TV ( ) on Thursday that cities sometimes incur expenses when dignitaries visit.

Stimpson, who met Trump at the airport, said he would not seek reimbursement from the billionaire. He said the event generated "positive recognition from the media from all around the world."

Stimpson said he put police on overtime and called in buses for transportation because of the large crowd.

The mayor's office said the Trump campaign spent $5,120 on the event for transportation.