Biden says Trump needs to be COVID-19 negative to debate

The primary of three deliberate debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was a spectacle. Now, with Trump having examined constructive for COVID-19, will the opposite debates go on as deliberate?  

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The 2 remaining presidential debates earlier than the Nov. three election might get scrapped if President Donald Trump is unable to show he is not nonetheless contaminated with the coronavirus. Trump has been receiving treatment for COVID-19 since testing constructive for the virus final week. 

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentioned Tuesday that the second presidential debate shouldn’t be held if Trump continues to check constructive for the virus. However he added that he’d base his choice to take part within the debate on suggestions from well being officers. 

“Nicely, I feel if he nonetheless has COVID, we should not have a debate,” Biden advised reporters. “I feel we’re gonna must observe very strict pointers. Too many individuals have been contaminated and it is a very major problem.”

Biden has been examined 4 occasions since he and Trump stood collectively on a debate stage in Ohio final week, his marketing campaign mentioned. All 4 of these assessments have come again detrimental.

Trump said he still intends to debate Biden on Oct. 15, his marketing campaign advised CBS Information on Monday. The president examined constructive for the coronavirus final week and spent the weekend at Walter Reed Nationwide Army Medical Heart. On Monday night time, he returned to the White Home, the place he continues to be monitored by a workforce of medical doctors.

On Sunday, White Home doctor Sean Conley advised reporters that Trump’s blood oxygen degree had dropped all of a sudden on two events and that the president was being given the steroid dexamethasone. A variety of specialists say the steroid suggests Trump’s situation is critical. 

Trump left the hospital on Monday night, nonetheless, and returned to the White Home. He appeared on a balcony and likewise tweeted out a video during which he mentioned he was higher and downplayed the specter of the virus, which has killed almost 210,000 Individuals. “Do not let it dominate you,” he mentioned. “Do not be afraid of it.” 

It is nonetheless unclear if Trump’s situation will change. Conley advised reporters that the president “will not be totally out of the woods but” and that Trump’s medical workforce will proceed shut monitoring on the White Home. On Tuesday, Conley launched a memo during which he reported that Trump had told doctors that morning that he wasn’t experiencing signs associated to COVID-19.

For the reason that president got here down with the virus, his reelection marketing campaign has both postponed his occasions or switched them to digital choices. To date, the Fee on Presidential Debates has’t made a press release concerning the standing of the subsequent two presidential debates, that are scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida, and Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, there hasn’t been any phrase on what precautions could also be taken to make sure the security of the candidates. The fee did not reply to a request for remark. 

Representatives of the Biden and Trump campaigns weren’t accessible to remark for this text. 

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What we do know is that the one and solely vice presidential debate, between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, is ready to occur Oct. 7 in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah. The Fee on Presidential Debates has approved the use of plexiglass to create a barrier between the 2 candidates. 

So, consistent with the unpredictable and unprecedented yr we have had, loads might occur earlier than the subsequent presidential debate.

This is a have a look at what Trump’s situation might imply for the subsequent two presidential debates. 

They may very well be canceled

The timeline for when Trump turned contaminated and when he first began exhibiting signs is fuzzy. However he mentioned the constructive take a look at consequence was returned on Thursday, and technically he ought to be in isolation for 14 days, based on pointers from the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. That will take us proper to the day of the controversy, and he might proceed to check constructive till then. Additionally, regardless that he is left the hospital and says he is higher, specialists say there’s an opportunity he might take a flip for the more serious, and given his age and weight, he is nonetheless vulnerable to creating critical sickness.  

They may very well be postponed

If Trump had been to expertise issues or if well being officers advising the campaigns counsel it is unsafe to debate on Oct. 15 or Oct. 22, the fee might postpone the occasions. However logistically that may very well be tough, given how shut we’re to the Nov. three election. It will seemingly be exhausting to search out new dates that might fulfill each campaigns. Nonetheless, if there wasn’t time to reschedule each debates, maybe one in every of them would nonetheless happen.

They might go digital

If Trump’s well being takes a flip or if well being officers do not feel it is secure sufficient to get the candidates collectively in individual, a digital debate might get the go-ahead. It is uncertain that both marketing campaign would conform to put its religion in a broadband connection and conform to such a debate format. The very last thing both candidate needs is for voters to see his grimacing face frozen on the display screen.

They might go on as deliberate

It is clear from the previous few days that Trump needs to challenge a picture of well being and dominance over the coronavirus. So it is seemingly he’ll push for the debates to go on as deliberate, no matter whether or not well being officers suggest it. The reply might come right down to what the Biden marketing campaign decides to do. If Trump continues to check constructive, the Biden workforce will seemingly cancel or probably postpone a minimum of the primary debate. If Trump assessments detrimental and would not expertise a relapse within the subsequent week, each debates might go on as anticipated. 

So keep tuned.

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