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President Trump says coronavirus 'dying out,' doesn't fear potential outbreak at Tulsa rally

President Trump says coronavirus 'dying out,' doesn't fear potential outbreak at Tulsa rally


In 2016, candidate Donald Trump addressed a crowd during a rally at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Today, the President announced that he will be in Tulsa on June 20 for this first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic started. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

President Trump went on a veritable interview tour on Wednesday — Sinclair, Gray TV, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News — and was thoroughly dismissive of the coronavirus threat in at least two of the interviews.

Gray TV's DC bureau chief Jacqueline Policastro said to Trump, "Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 states, including Oklahoma, where you plan to hold a big rally this week. Aren't you worried about people getting sick?"

"No," Trump said, "because if you look, the numbers are very minuscule compared to what it was. It's dying out. By the way, we're doing very well in vaccines and therapeutics."

His claim about the virus "dying out" is countered by health experts and the government's own data, which shows cases spiking across the country.

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