President Trump has refused to go along with a virtual debate. He’s since slammed moderators and the Commission of Presidential Debates.
POTUS Donald Trump has reportedly refused the supposed plan of the Commission of Presidential Debates to host a virtual debate instead. As multiple publications have already reported, the U.S. commander-in-chief still has the coronavirus.
In fact, his actual health status is still unclear to the public. As many may have already known, Trump has decided to cut his quarantine period short and went back to the White House only three days later.
There have been reports and online discussions that the president’s health is actually far from what is being led on by its campaign.
Donald Trump: “not going to waste my time”
Per CNN, the Commission on Presidential Debates has confirmed that the second Presidential debate, on October 15 will be held virtually. The main reason is, of course, due to COVID-19 concerns.
This meant the two presidential candidates will be in two different locations and will be politically arguing online.
Trump’s COVID-19 confirmation came after just a few days later after the first debate. It was uncertain whether the president has already contracted the virus at the time.
Concerns loom the rest of the people present in the debate, including that of Joe Biden, who was standing just a few feet from Donald Trump.
Once the CPD made the announcement, the POTUS told Fox Business, as quoted by CNN, that he was “not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”
“I am not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump firmly asserted.
Per The New York Times, the POTUS has called the virtual alternative as “ridiculous.” The outlet further discussed on Trump’s perspective on the debate moderators. First, Chris Wallace, who hosted the first debate, was called a “disaster” who “favored Biden.”
The October 15th moderator, Steve Scully of C-SPAN was described as “never Trumper.” Meanwhile, Trump slammed the CPD for its “virtual debate” decision as a way to “trying to protect Biden.”
Biden’s campaign agrees with the virtual set-up
Moreover, the Democrat’s party is reportedly more than willing to follow through what the CPD has in store. What they’ve refused on, however, was the Trump campaign suggestion to move the dates back, CNN notes.
The October 15 debate was requested to be moved back a week. The final debate, on the other hand, was suggested for October 29, which is only five days away from the November 3rd election.
“Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the Debate Commission does,” says Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s campaign spokesperson.
She further expressed:
“Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing. We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years. Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice.”
Moreover, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, has reportedly cleared him “to resume public activity on Saturday.”
CNN quotes Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien statement, saying:
“President Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, says the President will be medically cleared for ‘safe return to public engagements’ by Saturday, five full days before the originally scheduled debate in Miami on October 15. There is therefore no medical reason why the Commission on Presidential Debates should shift the debate to a virtual setting, postpone it, or otherwise alter it in any way.”
The candidates are not required to actually attend the debate, but it has since been participated by the past presidential campaigns. According to head of the debate commission, Frank Fahrenkopf, they did not consult with either party about their decision.
They did, however, told both parties “just before” announcing the decision to go virtual. As of this writing, CNN notes that no meeting has been scheduled yet for further discussion of Thursday’s debate.
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