Trump reverses rally date to day after Juneteenth

This decision comes after the president initially stood by his decision to hold the rally on June 19, the day that marked the end of slavery.
2:31 | 06/14/20

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President trump here at home reversing course, are a scheduling next week's campaign rally, his first since the pandemic began, because it fell on juneteenth. But it will still take place in Tulsa, where cases are on the rise. The president addressed cadets at their west point commencement today. Here's ABC's Rachel Scott. Reporter: Tonight, a rare reversal from president trump. After standing by his decision to hold a rally on juneteenth, a date marking the end of slavery. It wasn't done for that reason, but it's an interesting date, but it's a celebration. Reporter: The president now saying he's moving the rally back one day in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents, acknowledging he received pushback from friends and supporters over the date and location. The arena in Tulsa, near the site of what is believed to be the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. White residents attacking black residents and destroying their businesses 99 years ago. Democratic congressman Al green tweeting, the planned rally was more than a slap in the face to African-Americans. It is overt racism from the highest office in the land. Local officials are concerned the virus will be in the arena, too. Tulsa county seeing 82 confirmed new cases since Friday, the second highest daily increase there since the pandemic began. What we have right now is it's not safe and it's getting less safe. It's not the time for a big indoor political rally. Reporter: Supporters will attend at their own risk, agreeing on this form to not hold the campaign liable if they get sick. Virus precautions on full display. Today in New York, the president delivering the commencement address at west point. When times are turbulent, when the road is rough, what matters most is that which is permanent, timeless, enduring, and eternal. Reporter: More than 1,000 cadets ordered back to campus, self-quarantining for two weeks ahead of the commander in chief's visit. Tom, the president's campaign venue holds 19,000 people. The campaign says safety precautions will be in place. Sources tell us that could include passing out hand sanitizer, face masks, or doing temperature checks. But the nation's top health officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci says one of the best ways to avoid infection is to avoid those large crowds. Tom? The warning is clear. Rachel, thank you.

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