Coronavirus looms over Trump’s Tulsa Rally

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

TULSA, Okla. – When President Donald Trump launched his comeback rally in Tulsa on Saturday, his campaign claimed that tens of thousands of people would attend, but in the end there were thousands of empty seats and new cases of coronavirus, even among his own campaign staff.

There were many concerns about the coronavirus and its distribution among the people inside, many of whom were not wearing masks.

In addition, just before the rally began, it was announced that six Trump campaign workers in Tulsa tested positive for COVID-19.

The president weighed in on the pandemic and even said he believed there should be fewer coronavirus tests.

“Testing is a double-sided sword. We have now tested 25 million people, probably 20 million more than anyone. Germany has done a lot. South Korea has done a lot. They called me, they said it does the job. …, “said Trump.” Here’s the bad part, if you test to such an extent that you will find more people, you will find more cases, so I told my people they are slowing testing. “

The President gave a long speech of nearly two hours. Trump ignored health warnings to hold his first rally in 110 days – one of the largest indoor gatherings in the world during a corona virus outbreak that killed more than 120,000 Americans and left 40 million unemployed. The rally was intended to restart his re-election effort, less than five months before the president again confronts voters.

He also spoke on a number of other topicssuch as the recent protests and his opponent, former vice president Joe Biden.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.