- October 14, 2020
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump will feature in a televised town hall on Thursday (Oct 15) on NBC News, the network said, setting up a direct scheduling clash with rival Joe Biden, who had already planned his own version.
The two were originally meant to meet for their second debate on Thursday evening. Instead, they will be simultaneously, but separately, talking to voters in TV studios – NBC for Mr Trump and ABC for Mr Biden.
Mr Trump will be in Miami, the network said, while Mr Biden, who had already booked his appearance last week, will be in Philadelphia.
NBC News said on Wednesday it had received a statement from the clinical director at the National Institutes of Health and lead infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci that they had “a high degree of confidence” that Mr Trump is now “not shedding infectious virus”.
Mr Trump and the NBC host will be socially distanced at the outdoor venue and the audience will wear safety masks, NBC said.
Mr Biden has been frequently testing for the coronavirus and reporting negative results since Mr Trump’s illness.