Trump Not Debating After Commission Abruptly Makes Changes

Trump Not Debating After Commission Abruptly Makes Changes

( – The Commission on Presidential Debates stirred another controversy early Thursday morning, October 8. Organizers abruptly announced next week’s presidential debate in Miami would go virtual. The change came without any warning to the two candidates. President Trump learned about it while conducting his first interview since contracting COVID-19 with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. The president swiftly said he would not participate.

The Commission said the purpose of moving the debate to a virtual format was to “protect the health and safety” of the candidates, moderator, and audience. However, the president wasn’t buying it. He told Bartiromo that the Commission and Democrats were protecting Biden, and he wouldn’t waste his time sitting in front of a computer to debate.

The question is, did the Commission get ahead of itself, and is the move a political stunt? By the time of the debate on October 15, the president will likely be free of the virus. He tested positive eight days ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s safe to be around people 10 days after symptoms first appear, and 24 hours with no fever. With one full week until the debate, this should not be an issue, based on CDC guidelines and White House doctor’s recommendations next week.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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