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President Donald J. Trump is coming to southwest Michigan next week.
The President will be coming to Battle Creek on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to hold a rally at Kellogg Arena which is located at 1 McCamly Square in downtown Battle Creek.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. For public ticket information to attend the rally, visit donaldjtrump.com/events/battle-creek-mi-dec-christmas-rally.
It not yet known when the President will be arriving in town, what streets will be blocked off for the President’s motorcade, or what Battle Creek businesses would be affected.
The most recent future President of the U.S. to visit Battle Creek was Barack Obama who, along with eventual Vice President Joe Biden, came to Battle Creek’s C.O. Brown Stadium in August 2008.
The last sitting President to visit Battle Creek was George W. Bush in September 2004.
Earlier this week, the following information was provided by Jessica Vanderkolk, speaking on behalf of Police Chief Jim Blocker. Vanderkolk also said to keep watch of the Battle Creek City Blog for more information.
• Security/police presence:
“The presidential campaign and U.S. Secret Service will be focused on the president and the rally event; the city’s No. 1 goal on Dec. 18 is to keep safe the thousands of people we expect to attend, and gather in downtown spaces. As such, we are planning our police presence, and will have multiple law enforcement agencies involved.”
• Checks and items restrictions into the arena:
“We will have the details on this in the coming days, but yes, rally attendees should expect to have their bags checked, and to be restricted on the items they can bring into the arena.”
• Affects to businesses:
“We don’t know yet what types of restrictions the Secret Service may request downtown, how this could affect businesses near the arena is still in question.”
“We are aware of groups planning protests or demonstrations, and there are restrictions around those gatherings as well. Details to come.”