The Commission, responsible for conducting the Presidential debates before the election, announced that they canceled the second pre-election debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The news was made public according to a person familiar with the situation. As per the previous schedule, the second debate was to be held on October 15th in Miami. However, with Trump announcing that he tested positive for coronavirus, the debate commission decided to virtually host the event. The change of plan to a virtual event didn't go well with the President. Both Trump and his campaign team protested against the virtual debate and accused it would help Joe Biden.
On the other hand, Biden already suggested canceling the debate if President Trump couldn't make it to the debate in person. The commission clarified its idea of a virtual debate citing that the format change ensures safety measures of every individual involved in the event. On Friday evening, the commission released a statement accepting the protests from Trump'sTrump's campaign to stop the virtual debate. The statement said - "It is now apparent that there will be no debate on October 15, and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) will shift its attention towards the preparations of the next and the final presidential debate scheduled to take place on October 22nd." The co-chair of the CPD, Frank Fahrenkopf, rejected the idea and efforts of Trump'sTrump's campaign to clear him of coronavirus and make him available for in-person participation in the debate. He cited that the White House still has not briefed the commission with the necessary information about the president's recent coronavirus tests and present health condition.
President Trump was adamant in claiming that he is not contagious at all. His physician, Sean Conley, also reported that Trump completed the coronavirus therapy and is expected to resume public interactions from Saturday, which is less than the suggested isolation period of 14 days by CDC. Responding to the claims, Fahrenkopf told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade - "We are talking of a situation which is less than a week. At this point in time, there is no evidence whatsoever on whether President Trump tested negative or not."
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