Trump Says No To Virtual Debate, Calls It A Waste Of Time
Even as the US President recovers from COVID-19, he refused to participate if the next round of presidential debate were to be in an online format
United States President Donald Trump has stirred yet another controversy by refusing to participate virtually in the upcoming second round of the presidential debate on October 15. The online face-off between Trump and Democrat aspirant Joe Biden was given a go-ahead by the US Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) after the former tested COVID19 positive last week.
The first Trump versus Biden event was live telecast, soon after which the president tested positive for Coronavirus, raising concerns on what’s next. Now, in a telephonic interview with a media channel, he called the remote format a waste of time.
While the Democrats have endorsed all the pandemic protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing and even online political campaigns, the 74-year-old Trump has done exactly the opposite. Prior to his Corona diagnosis, he was addressing rallies, flouting face-covering rules and downplaying the intensity of the health crisis.
Trump, who is still recuperating, returned to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday (5 October) after a four-day stay in the facility. His team of doctors had reportedly administered a cocktail of antibodies drugs to him. Post his discharge, he was under fire for publicly declaring and pushing one of the unlicensed drugs given to him as a cure for COVID.
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