Local officials in Reno, Nevada, warned that a rally held by President Donald Trump scheduled for the weekend would possibly violate the state's ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.
He added that the airport will be complying with Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak's "directive" and "Washoe County’s recommendation during a pandemic.”
Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general and co-chair of Trump's reelection campaign in Nevada, wrote that the move was an "unprecedented" and "outrageous" act of "partisan political retribution" on behalf of Sisolak.
The Trump campaign released a statement, alleging that state Democrats are trying to prevent the president from visiting Nevada. It said that regardless of the warning from the airport authority, Trump will still visit the state
"President Trump will be traveling to Nevada on the dates planned. Additional details will be announced soon," campaign spokesman Tim Murtagh said in a statement, adding: "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," the Democratic nominee for president.
But airport officials said the term's of the company's lease requires that the hangar operations don't interfere with the operation of the overall airport. The airport added that political demonstrations and counter-demonstrations near runways are also "a cause of serious concern," according to the Gazette-Journal.
“Our primary mission as a commercial airport is safety,” Griffin added. “We must comply with federal and state laws, directives and regulations regardless of the political season or party.”