Oklahoma governor 'so excited' to have Trump rally

"On behalf of Oklahoma, we are so excited to have you and... over a million people have requested tickets to come, to come to this event," Stitt told Trump during a roundtable with governors at the White House on Thursday.

Several U.S. states including Oklahoma reported a surge in new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, days before the planned rally for Trump in Tulsa that would be the nation's largest indoor social gathering in three months.

An uptick in coronavirus cases in many states over the past two weeks, along with rising COVID-19 hospitalizations, reflected a troubling national trend that has seen daily U.S. infection numbers climbing after more than a month of declines.

Trump's political team, meanwhile, forged ahead with plans for a campaign rally on Saturday in Tulsa, his first such event since stay-at-home restrictions were imposed across much of the country in March to fight the coronavirus.