Donald Trump took off his mask and told the crowd of hundreds of fans, "I feel great" and the coronavirus is "disappearing" at his first public event at the White House since his COVID diagnosis and the "Superspreader" event in the Rose Garden.
The president spoke for just 15 minutes of his much-anticipated return to the re-election campaign organized by Candace Owens in collaboration with the Blexit group. This campaign called on black Americans to switch from Democrats to Republicans.
During Trump's unusually brief speech, he lay down in "Sleepy Joe" and claimed he had achieved great things for black communities across America.
This is the first major White House event since the Sept. 26 “Superspreader” event in the Rose Garden, in which Trump revealed Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court election and at least nine participants later tested positive for the virus.
Trump pledged to return to normal work after being hospitalized for COVID-19 last week, despite social distancing and quarantine rules.
Trump took off his mask and told the crowd of hundreds of fans at his first public event at the White House since his COVID diagnosis, "I feel great"
Trump went to the balcony of the White House in front of around 400 people on Saturday when the Navy band played "Hail to the Chief".
The president tested positive for the deadly virus last Thursday.
Medical experts estimate that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, virus shedding continues about 10 days after symptoms begin in mild to moderate cases.
Infected people must be quarantined for 14 days after the positive test.
Saturday only marks the ninth day since Trump was diagnosed with the virus.
The Trump campaign also announced on Saturday that the president would hold two more rallies in Pennsylvania and Iowa next week – in addition to an event already scheduled for Monday in Florida.
Trump went to the balcony of the White House in front of around 400 spectators on Saturday when the Navy band played "Hail to the Chief".
He was wearing a face mask which he quickly removed as the crowd cheered and & # 39; USA! UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! & # 39;
The crowd of roughly 400 followers donned blue t-shirts and MAGA hats and face masks on Blexit DC Back as they flocked to the White House to watch the president hold his first event since his diagnosis.
While most wore masks on the White House grounds, masks were nowhere to be seen in the same crowd when they held a Blexit rally at The Ellipse just before the main event.
Trump told the crowd he felt "great" after his four day hospital stay and cocktail of experimental drugs for his COVID-19 diagnosis.
"I feel great … We are starting our rallies very big … because we cannot let our country become a socialist country," he said.
Trump said a coronavirus vaccine would be "out very soon" and he would "wipe out the China virus very soon" when he addressed the crowd on the South Lawn on Saturday.
Congratulating his record of supporting the black community, Trump said he had "done the best for the black community since Abraham Lincoln" and said black Americans should support law enforcement
He described his event as a "peaceful protest" at his first event since the conclusion of COVID-19, addressing supporters from his balcony.
Trump immediately laid down in his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who called him "Sleepy Joe," and said he couldn't even say the words "law enforcement" the other day when supporters were chanting "another four years."
He congratulated his report on supporting the black community, saying he had "done the best for the black community since Abraham Lincoln" and said black Americans should support law enforcement.
& # 39; Sleepy Joe Biden betrayed black and Latin American Americans. If you think he can run this country, you're wrong, ”Trump said.
"You understand that we must support our police force to protect the lives of black Americans and all Americans."
He blew up "the left" to "launch a nationwide crusade against law enforcement".
“If there are signs of police misconduct, the criminal justice system must investigate and hold all perpetrators accountable. But we must never allow mob rules, ”he said.
After the brief event, Jared Kushner was seen wearing a mask traversing the Palm Room at the White House, although it is not clear whether he was attending the event.
A supporter who traveled to the event from California said it was more of a "celebration" than a campaign event.
"You know what? We heard that we will be out here to support the blues and our family is very professional on cop, law enforcement, law and order. So we had to get out of here and do our part, ”said Yolanda de la Torre.
"It felt a bit like a party to me."
Hundreds of maskless people with MAGA hats and waving American flags flocked to Washington DC on Saturday
Supporters of President Donald Trump's rally in the ellipse before entering the White House
Hundreds of people had arrived for the rally about an hour before the event began. Many wore blue shirts from the Blexit DC Back the Blue event on the South Lawn
Hundreds of people with MAGA hats and waving American flags flocked to Washington DC late Saturday morning before the 2pm event on the South Lawn of the White House began.
Hundreds of people came to The Ellipse for a rally in the early afternoon ahead of Trump's event, where he is expected to focus on law and order.
Many supporters wore blue shirts for the Blexit DC Back the Blue event, where they stood close together, disregarded social distance and did not wear masks.
After the Blexit rally, attendees shared food and handed out pizza, raising more concerns about the spread of the virus.
Many then went to Trump's first public event in the White House since he vowed to campaign again after he was released from the hospital.
More than 2,000 invitations have been sent out to Trump supporters to request their attendance at the South Lawn event, fueling concerns over another coronavirus outbreak at U.S. government headquarters.
Officials told reporters that the rally was an "official event," not a campaign event, and that no campaign staff were involved.
The White House said precautions had been taken to limit the risk of an outbreak and press officials had been tested for coronavirus upon entering the White House.
No campaign signs and banners are distributed by officials to supporters to limit contact.
Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday
Amy Coney Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court on Sept. 26 became a COVID superspreader event
ONEParticipants were told that they would Upon arrival, you will be given temperature controls, masks to wear, and access to hand sanitizer.
However, it is unclear whether masks and social distancing will be enforced.
It's also unclear whether Trump is still contagious to the virus, as the White House refused to say when he last tested negative.
The South Lawn event has been described as a "peaceful protest for law and order" and the president is due to thank the American public for their support in his fight against the virus.
He is then expected to argue that Americans need to support law enforcement and that it does more harm to black communities across the country.
More than 2,000 invitations have been sent to Trump supporters to request their participation in Saturday's event
After a rally at The Ellipse, people shared pizza and avoided masks before entering the White House for Trump's event
Attendees at the White House event were told that upon arrival they would be given temperature controls, masks to wear, and access to hand sanitizer
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demand justice and an end to police brutality and racism after a number of police officers killed black men and women.
The Trump campaign also announced on Saturday that the president would hold two more MAGA rallies next week.
He will hold a rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday.
Trump's campaign had previously announced that he would be driving to a rally in Sanford, Florida on Monday.
Nine attendees at his last rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, have now tested positive for the virus with two people in the hospital.
Last Friday, Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC after testing positive for the virus late Thursday.
Trump has since left the hospital and returned to the White House to claim he was "cured" of the virus.
At least 34 people in Donald Trump's inner orbit have tested positive for the virus, according to a leaked memo, with at least nine cases occurring among people who attended the "Superspreader" event held at the White House on Sept. 26, attended by President Amy Coney has officially announced Barrett as his Supreme Court election.
Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and former advisor Kellyanne Conway, two senators – Mike Lee from Utah and Thom Tillis from North Carolina – and Notre Dame University President John Jenkins are some of them who should test positive after attending the event.
The gathering drew around 100 people – many of whom were not wearing face masks and all sat nearby.