Trump Plans to Attend Second Debate With Biden
WHITE HOUSE – U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden each said Tuesday they are looking forward to their second debate next week, but the issue of Trump’s coronavirus infection has raised questions about health protocols for the event.
When asked about the safety of participating in the debate, Biden told reporters that he hopes “all the protocols are followed,” and that “if he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate.”
Biden said he will be led by Cleveland Clinic guidelines and the advice of doctors.
“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami,” said Trump on Twitter. “It will be great!”
I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Trump first tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday and was hospitalized for 72 hours between Friday evening and Monday. Based on that timeline, His attendance at the event, during which they are to answer questions from voters, could pose a public health risk, based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which considers someone infected with the virus to be contagious 10 to 20 days from the onset of symptoms.
The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit group sponsoring the debates, has not yet commented on this matter.