Trump Says He Won’t Participate in Virtual Debate

Donald Trump this morning said the Commission on Presidential Debates decision to make next week’s debate virtual is “not acceptable to us … I’m not going to do a virtual debate … I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”

Trump’s declaration was in response to a statement issued Thursday morning by the CPD.

“In order to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, 2020, The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the following today:

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations. The town meeting participants and the moderator, Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks, will be located at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida. The White House Pool will provide coverage of the second presidential debate.”

Appearing on Fox Business, the president also said “I don’t think I’m contagious,” even though he tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday and was hospitalized for treatment over the weekend at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Watch Trump’s statement below:

This is a developing story.

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