When he arrived on the balcony just before 2 p.m., he immediately took his mask off. As the audience of a few hundred applauded and sang "USA! USA!"
Trump said in his nearly 18-minute speech that the COVID-19 vaccine "is coming out very very quickly" in "record time."
More than 213,000 Americans died from COVID-19 and over 7.6 million were diagnosed in the United States. An ABC News review of patterns in COVID-19 in all states and Washington, D.C. Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico have found that recently confirmed cases have risen in 28 states over the last two weeks.
"We're producing powerful therapies and drugs and we're healing the sick and we're going to recover," Trump claimed.
Dr Sean Conley, the personal physician of the president, opened the door for the president to attend public appearances, saying in a Thursday night press conference, "Saturday will be day 10 since" after the diagnosis of Trump.
Trump said, speaking from the White House balcony while a sea of supporters applauded above,
"Every day more Black and Latino Americans are leaving behind left-wing politicians and their failed ideology,"
From the White House lawn, those watching Trump wore red MAGA caps and blue BLEXIT t-shirts. Most of them wore masks, but they were not socially isolated.
The racially mixed crowd started shouting "We love you!" at a certain point, and Trump replied back, "I love you too."
Trump encouraged the crowd to register, calling this year "the single most meaningful election in our country's history."