President Trump's reelection campaign won't be able to hold a rally on Saturday in Nevada as planned.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority has sent a letter to the company that runs the hangar that is set to be the venue for the 5,000 person rally this weekend, saying the event “may not proceed,” citing Nevada’s restrictions on public gatherings.
“After reviewing the lease, the airport’s attorney found the rally would be in violation of Directive 021 from the Nevada Governor,” the airport's statement said.
As a result, officials sent a letter to Hanger 9, LLC, the company that leases the private hanger set to be the venue, saying that they “may not proceed with the proposed gathering,” a copy of the letter provided by the airport shows.
“This has nothing to do with politics. The letter we sent is about directives and safety and not political campaigns,” Daren Griffin, president and CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said in the statement.
“We would hold our tenants to the same standard whether it was a Democratic or Republican rally or any other type of gathering,” Griffin added.
Airport officials were also concerned that the rally would draw demonstrations that could “interfere with or impede the operations of the airport,” the statement said.
The Trump campaign suggested that the move was political.
“Democrats are trying to keep President Trump from speaking to voters because they know the enthusiasm behind his re-election campaign cannot be matched by Joe Biden,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump campaign spokesperson, said in a statement.
“President Trump will be traveling to Nevada on the dates planned. Additional details will be announced soon,” the statement added.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a tweet that his office “had no involvement or communication with the event organizers or potential hosts regarding the proposed campaign events advertised by the Trump campaign."
“The Nevada-specific White House recommendations have consistently included recommendations to limit the size of gatherings for weeks now,” Sisolak added.