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AP Domestic

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Saturday sought to fire up Black and Latino supporters at the White House in a campaign-style rally that focused on his administration’s support for law enforcement, his first public event since testing positive for COVID-19 more than a week ago. 

“I’m feeling great, I don’t know about you,” Trump said in a nearly 20-minute speech while standing on the Blue Room balcony overlooking the South Lawn. 

In order to protect the lives of Black Americans and all Americans,“you have to have your police support you,”Trump said. 

“Every day more Black and Latino Americans are leaving behind left-wing politicians and their failed ideology,” he said.

Trump spoke before a sea of supporters, many of whom wore masks and red “Make America Great Again” campaign hats, in an event billed as a “peaceful protest for law and order.”

Hundreds of people attended the event even as the White House continues to deal with an outbreak of the coronavirus that has infected several of the president’s personal aides. The White House did not say whether the president tested negative before the event. 

In his pitch to Black voters on Saturday, he pointed to economic-related initiatives to support the  Black community and attacked his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

“If you think he can run this country, you’re wrong,” he said of his opponent. 

Trump has faced criticism for using the White House for political purposes, but White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters the president’s speech was “an official event.”

“If the