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Donald Trump and Joe Biden's next debate will be virtual

The Commission on Presidential Debates in the United States announced that the second debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will be held virtually to protect the health of all participants. The debate is scheduled for October 15.

This decision is made as a result of Trump's contagion of COVID-19 and his isolation, so the organizers of the debate preferred to make it virtual.

US President Donald Trump, who is still being treated for COVID-19, said he will not participate in the presidential debate if its format is virtual. "I am not going to do a virtual debate. It is unacceptable for us," said the Republican candidate seeking to be reelected for a second term.

Trump accused the bipartisan commission that organizes him of protecting his Democratic opponent Joe Biden and said: "I am not going to waste my time in a virtual debate. Debate is not that."

After the meeting in Cleveland on September 29, two more debates are scheduled, one on October 15 in Miami and another on October 22 in Tennessee. Trump's campaign team indicated that the president could organize a rally instead of attending the meeting.

Trump still had the virus when he was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, but his doctors have not provided any detailed updates on his status. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 can be contagious for up to 10 days, and for this reason they must remain isolated.

 

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