CDC warns against large gatherings as Trump plans campaign rallies

Events the agency said pose the “highest risk” of virus spread included “a large in person gathering where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart and where attendees travel from outside the local area.” The CDC recommended attendees who chant or sing wear masks — something Trump has eschewed.

A Trump roundtable on race and police in Dallas Thursday drew several hundred attendees, with little social distancing and few wearing masks.

The CDC held its first press briefing since March on Friday, just a day after Trump’s campaign sent out registration information for a July 19 rally in Tulsa, Okla., that included a disclaimer warning attendees they can’t hold the campaign liable if they contract the virus.

Butler and CDC Director Robert Redfield, during the Friday call with reporters, also acknowledged rising case numbers in several states across the country but would not say whether social distancing guidelines were relaxed too soon.

Butler said, in some cases, the increases are driven by increased testing capacity. However, officials, including Redfield, have previously warned that large gatherings and protests that occurred last week could likely result in further transmission of the virus.