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Kamis, 08 Oktober 2020

Donald Trump's refuses virtual second presidential debate with Joe Biden after debate commission announces new format - ABC News

US President Donald Trump says he will not participate in a virtual debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Thursday morning (local time) that the second US presidential debate would be held virtually to "protect the health and safety of all involved".

Just minutes later in an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, Mr Trump said the new virtual format was not acceptable to him.

"I'm not going to do a virtual debate," Mr Trump said.

The comments cast serious doubts on whether the event will go forward, even as Mr Biden's campaign vowed that its candidate would participate.

"Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people," deputy Biden campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement.

Mr Biden, for his part, said he and Mr Trump "shouldn’t have a debate" as long as the President remains COVID positive.

He told reporters in Pennsylvania that he was "looking forward to being able to debate him" but said "we're going to have to follow very strict guidelines."

Mr Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus a week ago but in a tweet on Tuesday said he looked forward to debating Mr Biden on stage in Miami, "It will be great!" he tweeted.

More to come.

AP/Reuters

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