Masks, fever checks at Trump’s Tulsa rally

Masks, fever checks at Trump's Tulsa rally

Washington: Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, his supporters will get their temperature checked and receive masks and hand sanitizers at the rally venue.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a tweet that there will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNBC News that masks will be optional but each attendee of the Tulsa rally will receive one.

The development comes after President Donald Trump rejected pleas from Tulsa, Oklahoma, not to risk aggravating coronavirus cases by holding a rally there.

The editorial board of Tulsa World, a local newspaper, on Monday called on Trump to reconsider hosting the rally.

In response, Trump tweeted that the “Far Left Fake News Media” is “trying to COVID shame us on our big rallies” despite having “no problem” with the massive protests that have taken place across the nation following Floyd’s death.

“Won’t work,” he added.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump claimed Oklahoma “has done very well” in addressing the coronavirus outbreak.

“Oklahoma is at a very low number,” Trump said. “They’ve done really fantastic work.”

As of Monday, there were more than 8,400 coronavirus infections in Oklahoma with 359 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Nationwide, there have been 2,113,372 confirmed cases and 116,135 deaths.

After a public outcry against its timing, Trump had rescheduled the Tulsa rally, originally scheduled for Friday, the Juneteenth, a day that memorializes the end of slavery in the US.

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