Watch live: Trump holds MAGA rally in Tulsa amid coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 20:02:45-04

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Supporters of President Donald Trump are lining up outside the Tulsa stadium where the president will hold his first rally in months.

The Trump faithful are ready to welcome him back to the campaign trail despite warnings about the gathering from health officials about the coronavirus.

The crowd gathered Saturday outside metal barriers surrounding the 19,000-seat BOK Center for what is expected to be the biggest indoor event the country has seen since restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 began in March.

Trump also will speak at an outdoor event to be held inside the barriers. Protests also are planned. Officials expect 100,000 people in the downtown area.

President Donald Trump’s campaign says six staff members setting up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus.

The campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, says that “quarantine procedures” have been initiated and no staff members who tested positive will attend the event.

He says no one who had immediate contact with those staffers will attend, either.

Murtaugh says campaign staff members are tested for COVID-19 as part of the campaign’s safety protocols. Campaign officials say everyone who is attending the rally will be given temperature checks before they pass through security.