President Trump said in a television interview on Thursday that he will not participate in a virtual debate.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced early Thursday that the second presidential debate would be virtual "to protect the health and safety of all involved."
The candidates would be in one location, while the town hall participants and the moderator would be in another, the CPD said.
"No, I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That's not what debating is all about," Trump said during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network. "You sit behind a computer and do a debate; it's ridiculous. Then they cut you off whenever they want."
The Trump campaign said it would be holding a rally instead.
The second debate is scheduled for October 15 and was originally going to take place in Miami.