Trump, Biden Set To Hold Separate Town Hall Events In Light Of Cancelled Debate
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are both now set to hold separate town hall events this week after the second presidential debate was cancelled due to health concerns after Trump’s battle with the coronavirus.
Trump’s town hall is going to be broadcast on NBC News and is set to be held in Miami, Florida with Savannah Guthrie moderating the event. Biden’s will be held in Philadelphia and is set to air on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos moderating. Both events will air on Thursday night.
The Trump campaign faced a major hurdle for getting the town hall scheduled with NBC News as concerns continued to be raised about whether or not the president could possibly still pass the illness on to others. The network actually put out a press release to ease fears, noting that both Dr. Clifford Lane, the clinical director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Anthony Fauci examined the president’s PCR test on October 13 and stated “with a high degree of confidence” that the president isn’t “shedding the infectious virus.”
The second presidential debate was cancelled after attempts were made to change the format of the event to a virtual one due to the president’s diagnosis. Trump refused to partake in such an event.
President Trump’s campaign offered to delay the debate a week, would’ve pushed back the third debate as well, but Biden’s team rejected the offer.