Washington: President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a plan for a virtual debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden on October 15th, a format conversion designed to reduce the spread of COVID- due to Trump infection- 19 risks and said he feels happy enough to resume the campaign rally.
The first debate was held last week before Trump revealed that he had tested positive for the new coronavirus, and then fell into chaos. The Republican President of the United States interrupted Biden and the host throughout the period.
Trump expressed concern that the new virtual format announced by the non-partisan committee responsible for the presidential debate may cause his microphone to be cut off during the encounter.
“I m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate, that s not what debating is all about,” Trump said on a phone interview with Fox Business. “You sit behind a computer and do a debate – it s ridiculous and then they cut you off whenever they want.”
Trump s decision marked the latest whiplash development in the presidential race ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Biden leads in nationwide opinion polls but they show a tighter race in many of the battleground states that may decide the election.
Their two running partners, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, debated on Wednesday night.
Biden told reporters Thursday that he will follow the recommendations of the debate committee. Biden said he doesn’t know what action Trump will take if he refuses to participate.
Biden added: “We don’t know what the president is going to do. He changes his mind every second.”
Even before he was infected, Trump was already criticized for his administration’s response to the pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans-more than any other country-and Make millions of people unemployed. Trump disclosed last Friday that he had tested positive, which brought the crisis back to the center of the game. The 74-year-old president spent three days in a Maryland hospital and received many different types of treatment.
Before election day, more than 6 million Americans had voted.
The Presidential Debate Committee said Thursday that it plans to hold a town hall-style dialogue where voters and moderators will ask questions of candidates from the initial debate venue in Miami. The debate is planned for the third debate between Trump and Biden, and the second debate will be held on October 22.
Both campaigns indicated that they had not consulted them on the matter, but an aide of Biden said that the Democratic candidate was still prepared to participate.
“Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said.
Saying he was feeling “really good” and calling himself “a perfect physical specimen,” Trump said he was ready to resume campaign rallies. Such rallies, particularly held indoors, have raised concern among public health exerts about spreading the virus. Trump returned to the White House from the hospital on Monday. Trump said he is still taking steroids to treat the respiratory disease.
Trump stated that he does not believe that he is still contagious, even though this controversy has not been supported by his doctor’s conclusive evidence. The White House declined to say when Trump’s last negative test for the virus was, so it is not clear how long he has been positive.
His campaign manager, Bill Stepien, also tested positive for the virus. In a statement, he stated that the virtual format is not required and that Trump will “issue multiple negative tests during the debate. “.
“We ll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead,” said Stepien, without providing details of the rally location or how the campaign would ensure there was no risk of transmitting the virus.
Pence and Harris clashed during the debate over the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic.
The adviser said that despite his illness, Trump has been looking for ways to convey his election message. They said that in addition to his nearly one-hour telephone interview on the TV show, he plans to give a speech on Thursday.
Biden and Harris will travel to the battlefield in Arizona together on Thursday, and Pence will also visit the state after starting a new day in Nevada.
Pence defended Trump’s record on the pandemic and other issues in Wednesday’s debate, and Harris strongly criticized it. Harris said that Trump’s failure killed Americans. Most of them are civil debates, in sharp contrast to the combativeness between Trump and Biden.