Trump downplays pandemic in Fourth of July celebrations

Trump's Independence Day speech focused on culture wars from the threat of Americans protesting injustice and touted "progress" on COVID-19, characterizing "99 percent" as "totally harmless."
2:08 | 07/06/20

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As the cases of coronavirus soar, the president downplaying the pandemic during the fourth of July celebrations, instead, spending time focusing on culture wars. Our Terry Moran has more from Washington for us. Good morning to you, Terry. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. It was a different fourth of July. Not just because the pandemic canceled parades but also because the president on a day when other presidents have chosen to try to unite the country around shared values as you say decided to make a couple of back-to-back dark blistering speeches divisive in which he identified the real threat to the country, his political opponents. At the white house on the fourth of July, the president vowing to protect the country from what he claims is the real threat, Americans protesting injustice and bringing down controversial We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms. Reporter: Statues did fall. In Baltimore where a statue of Christopher Columbus was toppled from its pedestal and thrown into the harbor. Back in the cap tap an Independence day standoff played out at the foot of the Washington monument. Trump supporters clashing with The president took aim at protesters in back-to-back speeches over the holiday weekend. The first at mt. Rushmore. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is to end America. Reporter: There the president addressed thousands of supporters amid the ongoing pandemic. Few wearing masks. At the white house, trump who often talks about the virus going away or disappearing downplaying the threat again based on increased testing. But the coronavirus is still hitting close to home for the president. His son don junior's girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive. We should add that Donald Trump Jr. Has tested negative. She will isolate for a couple of weeks and looks forward to a speedy recovery so she can resume working to elect president trump.

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