President Trump set to hold Independence Day celebration

The president will hold a celebration at Mount Rushmore tonight despite concerns over large gatherings.
2:25 | 07/03/20

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Amid concerns about large gatherings, the president is set to hold his Independence day celebration at mt. Rushmore tonight. The governor said they will not enforce social distancing or require face coverings. Rachel Scott is at the white house with more. Good morning to you, Rachel. Reporter: Hey, Eva, good morning. Yes, and public health officials are sounding the alarm about this event warning that it could be a perfect storm for easy transmission. Several thousand people are expected to attend and the state's governor sending a blunt message to residents who are concerned about getting sick to stay home. This morning, as coronavirus cases across the country soar and health officials warn against large crowds, president trump is bringing thousands together for a fourth of July celebration at mt. Rushmore. We will have a tremendous evening. It's going to be a fireworks display like few people have it's going to be very exciting and beautiful. Reporter: Military flyovers on full display in South Dakota but those watching not required to wear a face mask or social distance. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home. Reporter: The event coming as the president continues to insist the covid crisis is being handled. We haven't totally succeeded yet. We will soon. Reporter: He's contradicting some of his top health experts. We are not flattening the curve. The curve is still going up. Reporter: The trump administration's own testing chief cautioning testing labs could soon be overwhelmed. Two lab, quest and labcorp, already warning of coronavirus testing delays as demand surges. As vice president Mike pence returned to Florida after the state hit a new record -- Wash your hands. Practice good hygiene, wear a mask. Wear a mask when you can't social distance. Reporter: News overnight that his visit to another hot spot, Arizona, earlier this week was delayed a day after secret service agents preparing for the trip tested positive for covid-19. And this is the second time in about two weeks that secret service agents have tested positive for covid-19 while preparing for a trip with either the president or the vice president. We know at least two other agents tested positive for the virus ahead of the president's rally in Tulsa last month. All right, Rachel scoot for us in Washington, thank you.

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