Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Tuesday that he and President Trump "shouldn't have a debate" if Trump is still positive for COVID-19 by the day of the debate, October 15.
"I think if he still has COVID, then we shouldn't have a debate," Biden said.
Biden also said that he had tested negative for coronavirus as of Tuesday – at least the fourth time he had been tested in the past few days – and that he looked forward to debating the president if possible.
"I don't know what [Trump's] status is," Biden said. "I'm looking forward to being able to debate him, but I just hope all the protocols are followed."
Trump was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday after testing positive for the virus, but was released on Monday and has indicated he is feeling much better. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump's physician, has indicated the president has reported being symptom-free after leaving the hospital.
Trump's campaign has indicated that he is still planning on the debate.
"President Trump will be healthy and will be there," said Tim Murtaugh, Trump's campaign spokesman. "There's no getting out of this one for Biden, and his protectors in the media can't cover for him."
The president himself shared the same sentiment in a tweet Tuesday morning.
The mayor of Miami, where the debate will be held, also said he believes Trump should not attend the debate should he continue to test positive.
"I don't think it's safe, not for him and anybody else, anywhere or anyone he interacts with," said Mayor Francis Suarez. "Remember, this thing is highly contagious. How many people are infected in his inner circle, in the White House, senators, et cetera?"
🔦 According to the CDC, individuals with the virus "should be isolated for at least 10 days after symptom onset and until 24 hours after their fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medications." After this point, a person is not considered contagious. If Trump is experiencing no further symptoms, he would meet this criteria ahead of the debate next Thursday.