And on Saturday dozens of Trump supporters with red “MAGA” heads were massing eagerly outside the White House to listen to an outdoor address expected to focus on law enforcement in Black communities.
“Trump is the kind of president, that if he is standing to defend a certain cause, he defends it,” said one of them, a US service member of Mexican descent named Daniel, who said he wanted to show his support for the police.
For months, taking their cue from a president who mostly shunned, and at times mocked, the wearing of masks, White House advisors were rarely seen masked inside the West Wing. Since Trump and his wife Melania tested positive, the mood has shifted. A source with knowledge of planning for Saturday’s event said all guests will be required to wear a mask to listen to Trump give his address from a balcony. In the crowd queuing outside, some were masked but many were not.
A similar gathering two weeks ago, to announce the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, has been singled out as a likely source of many of the dozens of positive cases since linked to the White House.