NBC News has agreed to put Donald Trump in front of voters at a town hall event in Miami on Thursday after the US president submitted them for an independent coronavirus test, with the results being reviewed by Dr Anthony Fauzi.
The announcement comes as Democratic rival Joe Biden is set to form a dual town hall on Wednesday, with the two candidates set to meet for their second debate. Biden appeared at a similar town hall event in Philadelphia, which was broadcast by ABC.
NBC reported that Trump was at least 12 feet (3.66 meters) away from moderator Savannah Guthrie and the audience.
Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2 and spent three days in a Walter Reed military hospital, took a coronavirus test conducted by the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday, NBC reported.
NIH Clinical Director Dr Clifford Lane and Fauzi both reviewed Trump’s medical records and said they were confident the president was “removing the contagious virus.”
Trump’s ability to reach a national television audience on Thursday has been somewhat dependent on Fauzi, who in recent days has expressed anger over the use of one of his statements on the campaign in a campaign ad. A member of the Coronavirus Task Force said the quote used in the campaign was taken from context.
Trump rejected the virtual debate
The impartial commission on presidential debate has canceled the official match between the Republican president and Biden scheduled for Thursday in Miami. In light of the president’s infection, the commission changed the format to a virtual meeting, and Trump refused to attend.
Both town halls begin ET at 8pm, but Biden will be the last word. The ABC event moderated by Jorge Stefanopoulos lasts 90 minutes with an additional half hour of analysis. One hour schedule for Trump Town Hall on NBC.
In addition to blocking viewers from comparing two people, dual events are rarely seen by people.
Nielsen said the first discussion between the two last month was watched by 73.1 million people.
Biden was viewed by 6.7 million people at the NBC News-sponsored town hall last week. Similar to Thursday’s Trump event, it aired simultaneously on MSNBC and CNBC and aired online.
Nielsen said Trump Town Hall was visited by 3.8 million people on September 15 with Stefanopoulos.
Thursday at Trump Town Hall on NBC will take place outside the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Audience members will be physically removed, required to wear a mask and submit to a temperature check before entering the stage, NBC said.