Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said the bill covers security costs associated with the former president’s stay at a downtown Albuquerque hotel overnight.
The cost of security includes blocking parts of downtown, paying police officers overtime, and covering paid time off expenses for city workers who have had to stay home.
âWe treated it like any other debt, so it goes through a process where you send out a bunch of letters,â Keller said. âWe haven’t received any response from those letters. And then automatically it goes to an agency that helps try to collect the debts, and so it’s those annoying phone calls that you get that say, you know, you have to. money to such as now, Trump gets them. “
Most of the United States found out about the debt when Keller appeared on the Daily Show to talk about the bill.
Despite the new attention to the bill, Keller doesn’t expect the collection agency to take money out of Trump.
âConsidering what else happened, I mean in terms of, even his own campaign owes donor money and a lot of shady stuff there, so unfortunately I don’t expect really that we get paid, âhe said. “But it’s important that we do it, and you know, we would do it for anyone else, so he’s no different.”
KOB 4 has contacted the Trump campaign to see if they plan to reimburse the city of Albuquerque. The campaign responded with an email stating that the campaign is “reviewing your request.”