But it appeared that many of his “silent majority” who had stayed at home, amid warnings of health officials on the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.
The rally at the BOK stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been promoted as a comeback opportunity for Mr. Trump – a chance to boost his re-election campaign in November.
He is currently behind Democratic rival Joe Biden, in many surveys.
The stadium has a capacity of 19 000, but the organizers had said that only 10 000 people would be allowed to enter.
But in the hours before Mr. Trump started talking, the crowd seemed to be a lot lighter than expected and the leaders of the campaign scrapped plans for him at the first address of an overflow space.
Mr. Trump has blamed the media for saying ” do not go, do not come, do not do anything “, adding: “We have started our campaign… the silent majority is stronger than ever. ”
He also blamed a group of Black Lives Matter protesters outside, a group is also smaller than expected, but largely peaceful, described by him as ” the jumble of the left mob “.
The Advantage of the campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, had said earlier: “Unfortunately, the protesters have interfered with the fans, even the blocking of access to metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally.
“Radical protesters, coupled with a relentless onslaught of the media, attempted to frighten the supporters of the president. We are proud of the thousands of people who persisted. “
Mr. Trump also told the crowd that he had “saved hundreds and thousands of lives” by closing the US to flights from China to the end of the month of January.
He described the tests for the coronavirus as a ” double edged sword “, saying that 25 million people have been tested in the but US, “when you do tests of this measure, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, then I said to my people” slow the test down if you please ” “.
The US is still struggling to contain COVID-19, what causes them to question the wisdom of holding the event, even if the social distance, and wearing masks were encouraged.
A few hours earlier, it had been revealed that six members of Mr Trump’s campaign team had tested positive for coronavirus.
Participants were even asked to waive their right to pursue the Asset of the campaign should they catch the virus, which has killed 463,000 people in the world, of which approximately 120,000 in the united states.
At least 10,040 people have been tested positive in Oklahoma and 368 people were killed.
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The advance of the rally, the Sky correspondent Mark Stone, who is in Tulsa, said the county had reported its highest number of polio cases of the day.
He added: “And so, with this background, I think that by any measure this is an unusual decision by Donald Trump and his team to keep the rally in the stadium. ”
He added: “Some people here are wearing face masks, but most people are not, and in addition to that, many are, in fact, we wonder why we wear masks – to infer that, in the framework of the “false news” and we are compounding what they see as a false virus. “