Trump dismisses COVID-19 concerns ahead of campaign rally

Health and local officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have raised concerns about the possible spread of COVID-19 at the president’s campaign rally, for which attendees are being required to sign a waiver.
2:18 | 06/15/20

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President trump tonight is now responding to authorities in Tulsa, who say the president should not be holding a campaign rally there in the middle of this pandemic. Here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Local officials are concerned, but the president says it's full speed ahead for his rally this weekend in Tulsa. Thousands are expected to attend, but first must agree not to sue the campaign if they get sick. And don't expect any social distancing. We expect to have, you know, it's like a record-setting crowd. We've never had an empty seat and we certainly won't in Oklahoma. Reporter: Bruce dart, Tulsa's top health official, is pleading with the president to postpone, citing a "Significant increase" in coronavirus cases in the city. "I think it's an honor for Tulsa to have a sitting president want to come and visit our community, but not during a pandemic," dart said in an interview with "Tulsa world." "I'm concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I'm also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe as well." On Twitter, the president accused critics of, quote, "Trying to covid shame us on our big rallies. Won't work!" The trump campaign says it is taking some safety precautions including temperature checks and passing out hand sanitizers and masks, but will not be requiring people to wear them. In fact, the president's top economic adviser recommended masks for everybody but was less emphatic about those attending the rally. But I'm glad to see you calling for people to wear masks and I assume that also means at the trump rally in Tulsa. People should be wearing masks at that rally this Saturday. Well, okay, probably so. Let's get to Jon Karl at the white house. The president was asked about the executive order he's set to issue tomorrow on police reform. Reporter: We still don't have many specifics, David, but the white house says this will encourage better practices on the use of form and on de-escalation and more transparency about officers who have been accused of misconduct. The president will sign it tomorrow at an event here at the white house attended by both police officers and those who have been killed by police officers. David? All right, Jon Karl, thank you.

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