As the number of people on Saturday’s rally was lower than originally expected, Trump thanked those who attended.
“You are warriors. We had very bad people out there. They did bad things. But I really appreciate it,” Trump said.
The president later said there were “very bad people” outside, describing the protesters as “criminals”.
There were large groups of protesters in the center of Talsa near the scene of the fight, police said, but they demonstrated peacefully.
Earlier, Trump’s campaign blamed what he described as “radical protesters” for preventing people from entering the rally. Several CNN teams in Talsa have not seen any such activity.
Many protesters gathered outside a police station in Atlanta and a woman sang “America the Beautiful”, waving a burned American flag.
In New York, protesters marched on the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan’s Foley Square, while groups demonstrated in various parts of Washington, DC and near the White House.
The rally aimed at restarting Trump’s re-election campaign was originally scheduled for Friday, the nineteenth day in a row to mark the end of slavery in the United States.
Republican Sen. James Lancford of Oklahoma told Fox News on Saturday that he expected Trump to talk about race, adding that “only the President can talk about it, unlike any other American can talk about it.” . ”
“It would be important for the President to make a very clear statement that we are a nation under God, indivisible,” Lancford said.
Both nationwide protests and Trump’s rally on Saturday have raised concerns about the possible spread of corona.
Millions of Americans have taken to the streets across the country since Floyd and other African-Americans were killed by police.