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Trump going ahead with Tulsa rally amid fears of virus spread

Washington: Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, his supporters will get their temperature checked and receive masks and hand sanitizers at the rally venue.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a tweet that there will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNBC News that masks will be optional but each attendee of the Tulsa rally will receive one.

The development comes after President Donald Trump rejected pleas from Tulsa, Oklahoma, not to risk aggravating coronavirus cases by holding a rally there.

The editorial board of Tulsa World, a local newspaper, on Monday called on Trump to reconsider hosting the rally.

In response, Trump tweeted that the “Far Left Fake News Media” is “trying to COVID shame us on our big rallies” despite having “no problem” with the massive protests that have taken place across the nation following Floyd’s death.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump claimed Oklahoma “has done very well” in addressing the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Monday, there were more than 8,400 coronavirus infections in Oklahoma with 359 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

After a public outcry against its timing, Trump had rescheduled the Tulsa rally, originally scheduled for Friday, the Juneteenth, a day that memorializes the end of slavery in the US.

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Masks, fever checks at Trump’s Tulsa rally

Washington: Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, his supporters will get their temperature checked and receive masks and hand sanitizers at the rally venue.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a tweet that there will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNBC News that masks will be optional but each attendee of the Tulsa rally will receive one.

The development comes after President Donald Trump rejected pleas from Tulsa, Oklahoma, not to risk aggravating coronavirus cases by holding a rally there.

The editorial board of Tulsa World, a local newspaper, on Monday called on Trump to reconsider hosting the rally.

In response, Trump tweeted that the “Far Left Fake News Media” is “trying to COVID shame us on our big rallies” despite having “no problem” with the massive protests that have taken place across the nation following Floyd’s death.

“Won’t work,” he added.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump claimed Oklahoma “has done very well” in addressing the coronavirus outbreak.

“Oklahoma is at a very low number,” Trump said. “They’ve done really fantastic work.”

As of Monday, there were more than 8,400 coronavirus infections in Oklahoma with 359 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Nationwide, there have been 2,113,372 confirmed cases and 116,135 deaths.

After a public outcry against its timing, Trump had rescheduled the Tulsa rally, originally scheduled for Friday, the Juneteenth, a day that memorializes the end of slavery in the US.

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Trump to relaunch campaign trail from Tulsa

New York: Ending a three month-long hiatus due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, President Donald Trump is set to relaunch his election campaign next week.

“We’re going to be starting our rallies. The first one, we believe, will be probably — we’re just starting to call up — will be in Oklahoma — in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” he said.

The rally will take place on 19 June, known as “Juneteenth”, the BBC reported.

The timing and place of Trump’s election campaign is significant as it is on June 19 that African-Americans celebrate the end of slavery, and the city of Tulsa was the site of one of the worst massacres of black people in US history in 1921.

The news follows weeks of anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who will be the Democratic Party candidate to run against Trump, is leading the President by 8.1 per cent in the latest RealClear Politics average of polls giving a sense of urgency to Trump’s campaign.

Trump did not say what kind of anti-coronavirus precautions will be taken at the rally, but Oklahoma state has one of the lowest infections rates at 1,890 cases per million with a total of 7,480 cases as of Wednesday evening, according to Worldometer.

“They’ve done a great job with COVID, as you know, in the state of Oklahoma,” Trump said.

Trump has chosen a state that is staunchly Republican to ensure that he gets a rousing reception at the campaign relaunch. He had won 65 per cent of the votes in 2016 and state’s Governor Kevin Stitt is a Republican.

After that, he said “we’re going to be coming into Florida — do a big one in Florida, a big one in Texas. They’re all going to be big. We’re going to Arizona”.

Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign has asked CNN to retract and apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind Biden.

A CNN poll conducted by SSRS showed Trump trailing the former vice president by 14 points, 55%-41%, among registered voters. It also found the President’s approval rating at 38% — his worst mark since January 2019, and roughly on par with approval ratings for one-term Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at this point in their reelection years — and his disapproval rating at 57%.

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