Trump says Americans killed by coronavirus will not have ‘died in vain’ as the economy is making a rebound bigger than ever
- Donald Trump on Friday night posted a video boasting of America’s economy
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- At least 19 states have seen new cases go up in the last two weeks
- Six states on Tuesday reported record increases in number of COVID-19 cases
- On Saturday Trump holds his first rally since the pandemic in Tulsa, Oklahoma
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With the number of U.S. fatalities now at almost 119,000, Trump on Friday night recorded a video thanking Americans for their sacrifices in working to resume normality.
He opened his remarks by noting that the recent jobs and retail sales figures were encouraging.
Donald Trump posted a video on Friday night saying the economy is bouncing back
‘As many of you know, our country is coming back very, very strong, economically,’ he said.
‘The jobs numbers from two weeks ago were record-setting. Record-setting increases.
‘We’ve never had anything like it. Record from day one, nobody has ever beaten it.
‘And now retail sales numbers are incredible.’
Trump said that he had ‘created a tremendous base’ which was easy to build upon when the economy resumed.
Trump thanked the American people, and said the last five months – since the first coronavirus case in the U.S. was detected, in Washington state – had been ‘interesting’.
The president said the pandemic had been ‘interesting’ but lives had not been lost ‘in vain’
‘It’s been an interesting period of time, it’s been terrible – so many lives have been lost,’ he said.
‘We will never forget those incredible people.
‘But they will not have died in vain.
‘Our country will go on and we’re going to be stronger than ever before.’
Trump spoke as coronavirus cases are rising in many states, and experts warn that the pandemic is still a serious threat.
At least 19 states have seen new cases go up in the last two weeks and six states on Tuesday reported record increases.
Florida reported 2,783 new cases. Texas reported 2,622, and Arizona reported a one-day jump of 2,392 new cases.
Oklahoma, Oregon and Nevada also reported their highest single-day spikes in cases yet.
Coronavirus across the United States, as of 5pm on Friday
The latest coronavirus tolls, as of 5pm on Friday
On Saturday Trump will hold his first rally since March, to officially resume campaigning.
Officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the rally will be held, have voiced concern about the wisdom of gathering 19,000 people together in an indoor arena, and not making them wear face masks.
Bruce Hart, Tulsa’s health chief, said the rally risks becoming a ‘super spreader’ event.
Trump, however, is keen to get…