Trump announces his intent to debate Biden October 15, despite coronavirus diagnosis

by Peter Heck · Oct 6th, 2020 9:46 am

Last Updated Oct 6th, 2020 at 8:56 pm

Trump 2020 Communications Director Tim Murtaugh announced Monday that despite his COVID-19 diagnosis, President Trump has every intent to take part in the second presidential debate scheduled for next week.

Murtaugh made his statement less than an hour after the president returned from Walter Reed Hospital.

Former Vice President Joe Biden had already committed to the October 15 event, adviser Symone Sanders confirmed.

"We are looking forward to the debate on Oct. 15 in Miami," said Sunday. "It's a town hall and, as you know, Vice President Biden loves a good town hall. And we are hoping President Trump can participate. We're hoping that he's medically able to participate, and that is up to his doctors to clear him. But Joe Biden will be at that debate."

Trump's diagnosis last weekend had temporarily thrown the future of the campaign into doubt as both candidates are in the age group most at-risk to complications relating to the pandemic.


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