‘President will be happy to show up’: White House calls on CDP to reinstate canceled debate
“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.
President Donald Trump argues with debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. © REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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.
There’s no medical reason to stop the Oct. 15 debate from proceeding as scheduled, since the President will be healthy and ready to debate.
It’s time for the biased commission to stop protecting Biden & preventing voters from hearing from the 2 candidates for president.
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) October 9, 2020
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.
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