Donald Trump Defends Supporters Attending Press Conference as ‘Peaceful Protest’

Trump can't stop defamation lawsuit by E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of rape, judge says

The crowd, gathered in the back behind the news cameras, cheered him on.

'It says exactly political activity or peaceful protest, ' Trump said, reading off a piece of paper on his podium.

Several of the reporters who were covering the event tweeted photos of the packed unmasked crowd awaiting the president, and it wasn't until those tweets picked up steam that President Trump's staff chose to hand out masks and ask the crowd to spread out.

"No, they don't have to, because this is a political activity", Trump replied.

President Trump announced with a few hours notice that he would hold a press conference at his private club in Bedminster, so several members filed in to witness the event.

New York Supreme Court Justice Verna Saunders on Thursday said E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit can go forward rather than wait until an appeals court rules on a similar defamation suit brought by Summer Zervos, a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused Trump of sexual assault. 'And you can draw a political activity but I thought peaceful protest'.

Trump made the remarks about preexisting conditions on Friday during a press conference where he also described executive action his administration may take to provide coronavirus relief to American households as stimulus discussions stall on Capitol Hill.

'You'll get to meet the fake news tonight, ' Trump was heard saying on a live microphone shortly before his press conference began, according to CNN.

Trump was asked about his earlier assertion that the pandemic was "disappearing" by a reporter who noted that the crowd in attendance seemed to be violating New Jersey restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus.

Favre went on to USA TODAY that "I told (Trump), "I can not imagine the stress you're under with running the country day-to-day". Even exceptions, however, are limited to 25 percent of the room's capacity with a maximum of 100 people. "So you'll get to see some of the people that we deal with every day".

No exact crowd count was available but with the number of observers, members of the press corp, the president and his staff, the number was near or over the 100 mark.

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