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    In a Friday interview with Axios, Trump vowed a "wild evening" in Tulsa, Oklahoma, adding that it was time "to get back living our lives". The rally comes as the United States is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and the unrest prompted by George Floyd's murder.

    Sputnik is live from Tulsa, Oklahoma where US President Donald Trump is holding his first presidential campaign rally since the coronavirus outbreak swept the nation, at a time when the US is being hit by violent protests against racism and police brutality.

    The president has faced a backlash for holding the rally as the state of Oklahoma has been reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases. But Trump has downplayed the risks, saying that his campaign would provide free masks which attendees could use at their own discretion.

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      Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump wait for him to appear, 25 minutes before he was scheduled to speak, at his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., June 20, 2020

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    • 02:38

      Trump Calls For Reopening Schools This Fall as Children 'Much Stronger' Than Adults

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      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump says schools in the US should reopen this fall as children have stronger immune systems and are not as vulnerable to the coronavirus.
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    • 02:09

      AOC Fires Back at Trump For Saying She's Got 'Little Charisma'

      US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded in her Twitter account to President Donald Trump's comments on her having "no sense, no credentials" and "little charisma".

    • 01:28

      Trump Criticizes US Media For Ignoring COVID-19 Issue When Covering Protests

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      Trump Criticizes US Media For Ignoring COVID-19 Issue When Covering Protests

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said at the campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that US media were manipulating the subject of the coronavirus to their advantage, downplaying certain aspects of the virus and its spread.
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    • 01:21

      Trump Calls Killed Iranian Top General Soleimani 'Number One Terrorist Anywhere in the World'

      Speaking at the rally, Trump called Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated in January in a US-conducted drone strike, the "number one terrorist anywhere in the world".

    • 01:08

      Crowd Applause as Trump Calls Unnamed Boeing Executive 'Dumb Son of a B*tch'

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    • 01:03

      Trump Slams Joe Biden as 'Puppet' of 'Radical Left'

      Speaking at the rally, Trump denounced presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, his potential rival in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

      “Joe Biden is not the leader of his party, Joe Biden is a helpless puppet of the radical left", the President said.

    • 00:54

      Trump Seeks Legislation Requiring Imprisonment For Burning US Flag

      During his rally speech, Trump said that there should be legislation requiring a one-year prison term for burning the American flag.

      He added that although he believes in freedom of speech, he sees burning the flag as a "desecration" and "a terrible thing".

      The president referred to an incident that took place in the city of Portland on Thursday evening which saw protesters topple a statue of George Washington. According to video footage from the incident, a US flag was wrapped around the statue and set alight.

      “Two days ago, leftist radicals in Portland, Oregon, ripped down a statue of George Washington and wrapped it in an American flag and set the American flag on fire … We ought to come up with legislation that if you burn the American flag, you go to jail for one year,” Trump said at a rally.

    • 00:34

      Trump Praises His Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

      During his speech at the rally, Donald Trump took pride in his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

      "I saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the coronavirus pandemic", the President said.

    • 00:24

      Trump Says Got OPEC+ 'Do the Right Thing'

      During the rally the US president recalled the OPEC+ talks that were held earlier in the year.

      "I called Russia, I called Saudi Arabia and, believe it or not, I called Mexico," Trump said. "We got them to do the right thing and we have our energy back...almost 40 dollars a barrel."

      During the OPEC+ talks, Mexico initially refused to take the deal, but agreed after the United States stepped in to cut its own production so that its neighbor would be able to comply with the deal.

    • 00:17

      Trump Begins Tulsa Rally

      The President has begun his first campaign rally in several months, greeting people gathered in the 19,000-seat hall.

      "We had some very bad people outside. They were doing bad things", Trump said, apparently referring to the "protesters inteferring with supporters". 

      "Five months from now we're going to defeat Sleepy Joe Biden. Boy does he get a pass from these people", POTUS said,  while pointing at TV cameras.

    • 23:50

      Woman Wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirt Detained in Tulsa Ahead of Trump Rally - Police

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have detained a woman wearing an "I can’t breathe" shirt after she refused to leave the "sterile" area of US President Donald Trump’s campaign rally, the Tulsa Police Department said in a statement.

      "This morning at 11:30 am [16:00 GMT] Tulsa Police were requested by Trump Campaign Staff to remove an individual from the secure area of the rally. Tulsa Police spoke to the arrestee, Ms. Buck, for several minutes trying to convince her to leave on her own accord. After several minutes requesting her to leave, she continued to refuse to cooperate and was escorted out of the area and transported to booking for obstruction," the Tulsa Police said on Saturday.

      MSNBC reported on Saturday that Ms. Buck, 62, said she had a ticket to attend the Saturday campaign event in Tulsa.

      "For clarification, the arrestee had passed through the metal detector area to the most secure area of the event accessible only to ticket holders. Whether she had a ticket or not for the event is not a contributing factor for the Tulsa Police in making the arrest. Officers at the location, particularly in the 'Sterile' area, will remove individuals only at the direction of Campaign Staff," Tulsa Police said.

    • 23:34

      Two 'Baby Trump' Balloons Spotted in Tulsa Ahead of Rally

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    • 23:15

      Trump, Pence Cancel Outdoor Speeches at Tulsa Rally

      The Trump campaign announced in a statement that planned speeches by the president and the vice president will not take place at the stage outside the arena.

      The statement by the campaign's communications director, Tim Murtaugh, marked "thousands of energetic supporters", but asserted that "protestors interfered with supporters", even blocking access to metal detectors, making it impossible for people to enter the rally.

      "Radical protestors, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media, attempted to frighten off the president’s supporters. We are proud of the thousands who stuck it out", the statement read.

    • 22:45

      Trump Says US Willing to Help China, India Resolve Deadly Border Conflict

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US is ready to help resolve the ongoing conflict between India and China after recent deadly clashes on the border between the two countries, President Donald Trump said.

      “It’s a very tough situation. We’re talking to India. We’re talking to China. They’ve got a big problem there, they’ve come to blows. We’ll see what happens, we’ll try to help them out,” Trump told reporters before boarding a flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the president will speak at a rally on Saturday evening.

    • 18:37

      Six Staffers Working on Trump's Tulsa Rally Test Positive for Covid-19

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