WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s positive test for COVID – 19 on Friday morning has raised a great deal of uncertainty about whether the second presidential debate, the town hall format set for October 15, will go ahead as planned.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises Someone who tests positive for the virus for 10 days after the symptoms appear and for at least 24 hours until the fever symptoms go away.
Trump, whose aides say he exhibited “mild symptoms,” announced his positive test on Friday morning, Oct. 2, giving the president adequate time to follow security protocols before the next debate takes place if it recovers quickly.
But the CDC also recommends a person who discloses it to anyone The virus was tested positive to stay at home for 14 days. Democratic nominee Joe Biden shared a 90-minute discussion with Trump, but the two avoided ritual handshakes earlier due to coronavirus security measures.
Representatives of the Commission on Presidential Discussions did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the future of the talks.
The couple’s doctor Kevin O’Connor said in a statement Friday that Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, had tested negative for COVID – 19. The Biden campaign did not say whether the former vice president was planning self-immolation.
Fox News reporter Chris Wallace, who moderated the first presidential debate in Cleveland, said in an interview on his network on Friday that members of the Trump family who witnessed the debate in person were not wearing masks as instructed.
Wallace said the rules called for everyone to wear face masks except Trump, Biden and the moderator. A safety staff from the Cleveland Clinic approached family members as they sat and gave them masks when they were not “away”.
“And I noticed that people in the hall were not wearing masks, everyone in the hall was wearing masks,” Wallace said. “When the discussion was over, Ms Trump came, walked behind me, she was not wearing a mask. Ms Biden led me to her husband and she wore a mask. So there was a difference in the policy of the two families and their camps were treated to health safety regulations inside the hall.”
Wallace, 72, said he plans to be tested for COVID-19, along with his wife and four children.
Unlike previous presidential talks, which attracted more than 900 people, the audience was limited to 70 on Tuesday, they were required to wear masks and were pre-tested for COVID-19, the commission said on presidential talks.
The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Vice President Nominee Sen Kamala Harris will take place on October 7 in Salt Lake City. Pence and Harris both said they tested negative for the virus on Friday.
The third and final presidential debate will take place on October 22 in Nashville, Ten.
Photos from Tuesday’s debate show Trump children Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump juniors not wearing masks in the audience. They are with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who appears to be wearing a mask.
Naomi Biden, one of Biden’s granddaughters, commented on Twitter about the lack of masks from the Trump family when the debate began.
“Why is the Trump family allowed to wear masks in the forum when everyone else is following the rules?” She tweeted.
Trump has been arguing for weeks that the country has become a “corner” on COVID-19 and has held several campaign rallies that have hundreds of spectators closing together without wearing many masks. Trump occasionally wears masks in public and refrains from wearing masks in public for months.
During Tuesday’s debate, Trump ridiculed Biden for wearing face masks too often. Biden wore a mask before speaking at campaign events.
“I think the masks are OK. You have to understand if you look. I mean, I have the mask right here,” Trump said as he pulled the mask out of his suit pocket. “I put on the mask when I thought I needed it. Tonight, everyone has a test and you have social distance and all you have to do, but I wear the mask.”
Trump, who directed Biden, said: “I’m not wearing a mask like him. He’s got a mask every time you see him. He’s 200 feet away from him and he’s seen with the biggest mask I’ve ever had.
Presidential talks are already under scrutiny after the first chaotic debate in U.S. history, with two candidates routinely blocking each other – most of the interruptions coming from Trump – and Wallace struggling to maintain control.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced this week that it would implement changes to further discussions, including “additional tools for conducting the debate.”
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