Trump demands to change debate schedule, Biden refuses

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced on Thursday that the second Trump-Biden encounter, originally scheduled for October 15, “will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”

But Trump has refused to participate in a virtual debate, calling it a waste of time. In a response, Biden’s camp criticized Trump saying he cannot “rewrite the calendar” of already-agreed dates for his benefit.

On October 2, Trump revealed that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19, after a close aide contracted the coronavirus. He was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and subsequently returned to the White House on October 5, spending three nights in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the outbreak at the White House continues as more staff members have tested positive. Stephen Miller, a top policy adviser to Trump, announced Tuesday that he was tested positive for coronavirus and was therefore self-quarantining. So far, at least 34 people connected to the White House have tested positive, according to an ABC News report citing an internal government memo.