Officials refute social media claims Trump visit may disrupt cell service around convention center

Karisma Sandoval
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A dump truck and barricades block Third Street leading to the Phoenix Convention Center Aug. 22, 2017, where President Trump will hold a rally in the evening.

Several social media posts claimed the Secret Service will shut down phone service around the Phoenix Convention Center for President Donald Trump's arrival were dismissed by officials Tuesday.

On Facebook, one post said the Secret Service would shut down people's cellphone service a mile surrounding the convention center.

Cristina Beloud, special agent for the Phoenix Field Office, said the agency does not expect any disruption of service, but she also could not comment on the security measures taken by the Secret Service while the President is mobile. 

She said social media will be available while Trump is in Phoenix.  

The Phoenix Police Department is working to establish routes safe for both Secret Service and the president to use, but have not encountered reports of faulty phone service in the area, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.

"We have not received any reports of this nature," he added.


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