The White House spokesman said “it would be nice” if the US Commission on Presidential Debates reversed its decision to scrap the second Trump-Biden bout. The president wants the debate to be held in person.
“It would be nice if the commission would get the debate back on the schedule. I think the president is ready to go. He wants to be on stage debating Joe Biden in person,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern told the media on Sunday.
Morgenstern added that he believes that Trump “will be happy to show up” to trade verbal blows with the Democratic challenger.
Trump’s campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, earlier accused the commission of bias, suggesting Trump and Biden should sideline the CPD “overlords” and agree to “one-on-one” debate without what he called the “interference” of the commission.
On Friday, the CPD canceled the October 15 debate, which was set to be the second of three.
On October 8, a week after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, the commission made a surprise decision to take the debate online “in order to protect the health and safety of all involved.”
The move did not go over well with Trump, who refused to participate in the debate if he and Biden are not on the same stage, while the Democratic hopeful said he would not mind having a virtual debate.
The Trump campaign argued the online format favors Biden, with Murtaugh claiming that the CPD is “protecting” the former VP, presumably from the president’s verbal onslaught.
Since then, Trump, who spent four days in Walter Reed Medical Hospital before being discharged on Monday, has been cleared by White House physician Sean Conley to resume public engagements. In a letter on Saturday, Conley stated that Trump is no longer “a transmission risk.”
On Sunday, Trump, who is set to hit the campaign trail on Monday with a “big” rally in Florida, tweeted that he is “immune” to the virus. The tweet, however, was slapped with a “potentially harmful information” tag by Twitter.
At present, it’s unclear if a person who has once had the virus can be reinfected again, and how much time should pass since the first infection for it to become a possibility.