It takes a lot to host a presidential visit

President Donald Trump made his second trip to Tupelo on Friday.

Posted: Nov 4, 2019 8:56 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo city leaders are breathing a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump made a safe departure following his campaign rally on Friday.

The city worked with the Secret Service, which was in full command, in the event’s logistics.

“Our job is to work with the Secret Service and the White House official staff to make sure that the logistics are in place and that the plan is executed efficiently so that there are no issues,” Mayor Jason Shelton said.

He added there are things the general public may not understand when the president comes to town.

“You know it’s understandable that people might not understand why a parking lot has to be closed or why a street has to be closed,” Shelton said. “But I hope at the end of the day, people will understand that when the president moves, the first and foremost concern is the security of the President of the United States.”

The executive director the BancorpSouth Arena, which housed the rally, spoke about his excitement.

"A presidential visit is certainly a feather in your cap,” Todd Hunt said. “So, we were excited to be able to do that.”

Hunt said the event was demanding on his staff but said they came through with flying colors and did a great job.

President Trump first visited the All-America City in November 2018 to campaign for Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

The mayor said the president’s 2018 visit certainly helped with this year’s logistics for law enforcement and city workers.

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