Trump administration receives more fallout from Tulsa campaign rally

The White House quickly put out a statement saying the president was joking about slowing down COVID-19 testing.
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Late today, we learned two more members of president trump's campaign team have now tested positive for the virus, after the rally in Tulsa. A total of eight members now have coronavirus. And the president responded late today to questions about something he said in Tulsa that he wanted a slowdown in testing here in the U.S. Here's Terry Moran. Reporter: At the white house today, they were scrambling to manage the fallout from the president's rally in Tulsa. The arena there only a third full after team trump promised huge crowd us. Is the president happy with the size of the crowd in Tulsa? The president was very pleased with the rally. Reporter: But the president had bragged that there certainly wouldn't be an empty seat in the house. The pictures told a different story. And even trump's former campaign manager said today this was not a good look. Look, I think a fundamental mistake was made. Overpromising and underdelivering is the biggest mistake you can make in politics. Reporter: Even the Fox News morning program questioned the wisdom of this rally. We are at -- during a global pandemic. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to put 20,000 people in a room and the -- with masks optional. Reporter: In Tulsa, the trump campaign did hand out sanitizer and masks, conducted temperature checks, but six members of the campaign advance team tested P positive for coronavirus been the rally, and today, we learned two staffers who worked the rally tested positive afterwards. The president tried to use his 100-minute long speech to turn the page on the pandemic, but then he said this about testing -- When you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people. You're going to find more cases. So, I said to my people, slow the testing down, please. Reporter: His team quickly put a statement out that he was joking. This morning, the president himself was asked about what he said -- But did you ask them to slow it down? If it did slow down, frankly, I think we're way ahead of ourselves, if you want to know the truth. We've done too good a job, because every time we go out with 25 million tests, you're gonna find more people. Reporter: More fallout from his speech -- trump once again using racist language to describe the virus. I can name Kung flu, I can name 19 different names. Reporter: The white house defended the slur by explaining what trump was trying to say. The president does not believe that it is offensive to note that this virus came from China. Terry, the president was asked to address the comments he made about wanting a slowdown in testing? Reporter: The president was asked and he said he was speaking semitongue in cheek. He said he denied ordering a slowdown in testing, but he said it paints an unfair picture of the virus in the United States and knows there might be political consequences to it. David? Terry, thank you. We're going to move on now

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