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President Trump at a roundtable with law enforcement at the White House on June, 8. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that his first campaign rally since early March will be held next on June 19 in Tulsa, Okla.

Why it matters: Trump's rallies usually draw thousands, and the event's safety protocols for the coronavirus pandemic are currently unclear. Trump's team has reportedly looked into what safety precautions would be implemented and had planned to present Trump with options, Politico reported on Monday.

  • Trump told reporters that he also planned to hold rallies soon in North Carolina, Arizona, and Florida, all three of which currently experiencing spikes in coronavirus infections.
  • The White House declined to comment on what safety measures would be used at Trump's next rally, referring Axios to Trump's campaign team. A spokesperson for the campaign said "there will be health precautions," but did not elaborate.
  • Those buying tickets for the rally in Tulsa are met with a disclaimer that reads: "By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present."

The other side: Former Vice President Joe Biden — who has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination — has not announced plans to resume rallies and is doing little in-person campaigning.

Between the lines: Both the location of the event — Tulsa, which just marked the 99th anniversary of its infamous race massacre — and the date — Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the slaves — are noteworthy given the ongoing protests against racism in the U.S.

Go deeper: Trump plans to restart campaign rallies within two weeks

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Trump won't attend UN General Assembly in-person, White House says

Trump talks to reporters outside the White House on Sept. 17. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Thursday that President Trump will not attend the United Nations General Assembly in-person this year, per pool reports.

The big picture: The UN turns 75 this year, but the pandemic has muted the anniversary to virtual meetings. Trump has yet to submit a virtual speech for the New York City event, Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs reports.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Sep 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

First look: Biden's tough "Knock on the Door" ad

Joe Biden, believing President Trump is suddenly vulnerable with military voters, goes up today with an ad called "Knock On The Door," featuring retired Air force Brigadier General John Douglass, a former casualty notification officer.

Police officers' immunity from lawsuits is getting a fresh look

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, advocates of changes in police practices are launching new moves to limit or eliminate legal liability protections for officers accused of excessive force.

Why it matters: Revising or eliminating qualified immunity — the shield police officers have now — could force officers accused of excessive force to personally face civil penalties in addition to their departments. But such a change could intensify a nationwide police officer shortage, critics say.