Donald Trump, Joe Biden, to hold competing town halls instead of debates

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Trump will be in Miami, the network said, while Biden will be in Philadelphia. (File)

Washington:

President Donald Trump will be seen in a televised town hall on NBC News Thursday, the network said, leading a direct planning conflict with rival Joe Biden, who had already planned his own version.

The two should originally have met for their second debate on Thursday evening. Instead, they will speak to voters in television studios at the same time but separately – NBC for Trump and ABC for Biden.

Trump will be in Miami, the network said, while Biden, who had already booked his appearance last week, will be in Philadelphia.

Their planned debate had also been designed as a town hall, where the two candidates would have asked questions from voters, but that was changed after Trump infected the coronavirus.

The debate organizers said they wanted to switch the format to a virtual appearance for security reasons, and Trump declined, forcing the event to be canceled.

NBC News announced Wednesday that the National Institutes of Health clinical director and senior infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci had received a statement saying they had “a high level of confidence” that Trump is now “not giving off infectious viruses “.

Trump and the NBC presenter will be socially distant at the outdoor venue and the audience will wear safety masks, NBC said.

Biden has tested for coronavirus frequently since Trump’s illness and reported negative results.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)

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