Shreveport mayor says his city will provide some support for Trump rally at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City

President Trump's planned visit to Bossier City spurs political strife across the river

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As President Donald Trump’s campaign prepares for a Thursday rally at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, there’s confusion on the role the City of Shreveport will play in the logistics of the event.

News Conference: Shreveport will provide some support for Trump rally, Mayor Adrian Perkins says

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins held a news conference Wednesday to address rumors that he directed the police and fire departments to refrain from providing support for the rally.

Shreveport mayor says city will provide some support for Trump rally

Shreveport will provide some support for Trump rally, Mayor Adrian Perkins says during news conference »

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Councilman John Nickelson sent a letter to Mayor Perkins after the rumors surfaced that read, in part, “I implore you to rescind your order and to immediately instruct our police officers and firefighters to provide all assistance and support necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States and his staff during his visit.”

Meanwhile, Councilman Grayson Boucher took to Facebook to voice his concern:

Good morning. I have received numerous calls and emails this morning about the “breaking news” that Shreveport will not...

Posted by Grayson S. Boucher, Shreveport City Councilman, District D on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Mayor Perkins responded to the councilmen in his own letter saying:

“Please understand that the President is not coming to Shreveport. His campaign is flying into Barksdale Airforce [sic] Base and the rally will be held at the Centurylink [sic] in Bossier City. While the City of Shreveport is constrained by city ordinances that prohibit city property from being used for political purposes, the City is providing first responders and intends to follow all local, state, and federal laws as it relates to the matter.”

The rally, which President Trump is holding in support of Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday night.

This is a developing story. KSLA News 12 will update this article as more information becomes available.

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