U.S. President Donald Trump participates within the first 2020 presidential marketing campaign debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, September 29, 2020.
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Trump earlier this month tested positive for Covid-19 and was hospitalized for several days on the heels of his first debate with the previous vice chairman, however since that has been declared freed from the virus by his physician.
The two males are set to sq. off for his or her second and ultimate debate Thursday night at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
That debate initially was purported to be the third one of many 2020 election season..
But the second scheduled debate, orginally deliberate for final Thursday, was scrapped after Trump balked at plan by the Commission on Presidential Debates to carry the showdown nearly, as a substitute of in particular person, in gentle of the president’s constructive prognosis.
Trump has claimed he doesn’t bear in mind whether or not he was examined for the virus on the day of the primary debate, Sept. 29, in Cleveland. That debate occurred two days before Trump examined constructive for Covid-19.
“Possibly I did, possibly I didn’t,” Trump informed NBC’s Savannah Guthrie final Thursday when requested if he took a test on the day of that debate.
Trump’s sitdown with Guthrie, and one for Biden on the identical time on ABC, was scheduled due to the second deliberate debate’s cancellation.
The president and his aides have repeatedly refused to disclose the date of his final unfavorable coronavirus test before he examined constructive initially of October.
On Monday, when a reporter requested the president if he would take a test before Thursday’s debate, Trump replied “I would have no problem with it.”
” I’m totally free, right,” Trump stated, referring to test outcomes launched by the White House doctor final week indicating he was unfavorable for the virus on consecutive days.
“I’m immune, they say. They say if you’ve had it, you are immune,” he stated.
Trump’s declare contradicts a latest report in the British medical journal The Lancet, which stated that “the degree of protective immunity conferred by infection” with Covid-19 “is currently unknown.”
That article detailed two instances of coronavirus re-infections in the identical particular person.
Trump once more refused to say Monday when his final unfavorable test was before he examined constructive.
The president stated, “Is that very important to you?” and “Why is it so important to you?” when a reporter pressed him on that query.
Trump then stated, falsely, “my doctors have already given it.”