The second debate between US Head of State Donald Trump and his Democratic rival in the November presidential election, Joe Biden, was canceled by the independent commission responsible for organizing them, she said on Friday. It was to take place Thursday in Florida.
After the announcement of the US president’s Covid-19 infection, the committee transformed this debate, which was to be held in Miami, into a virtual meeting, which Donald Trump had categorically refused. Another debate between the two candidates, scheduled for October 22, is meanwhile maintained.
“It is now clear that there will be no debate on October 15,” the committee wrote in a statement. She now wants to “focus her attention on preparations for the last presidential debate” scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee.
During the canceled debate, voters had to ask the candidates questions this time. Donald Trump “obviously does not have the courage to answer voters for his record at the same time as” Joe Biden, reacted a spokesman for the Democratic candidate. “It is shameful that Donald Trump dodged the only debate in which voters could ask questions, but it is not a surprise,” he added to AFP.
After the announcement of his outfit in virtual form, Donald Trump’s team accused the organizers of wanting to avoid Joe Biden a direct confrontation with the Republican. She demanded that the October 15 debate be postponed at a final meeting on October 29, just five days before the poll, which Joe Biden’s team refused.
The two men have already faced each other for nearly an hour and a half in a chaotic first debate on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican and the Democrat kept cutting each other off.
New meeting at the White House
Anxious to find his supporters despite persistent doubts about his health, Donald Trump will resume the campaign interrupted by his Covid-19 infection on Saturday at the White House. According to a senior American official, the 74-year-old billionaire will speak on the subject of “law and order”, one of his slogans, from the balcony of the presidency, to a crowd gathered on the lawn below.
A previous rally at the White House two weeks ago, to announce the appointment of a conservative judge to the Supreme Court, having been singled out as responsible for many contaminations detected since then, all the guests will have to wear their mask, after having their temperature taken, according to a source close to the organization. She did not mention screening.
The president-candidate will then travel to Sanford, Florida on Monday for his first election meeting since the announcement of his positive Covid-19 test a week ago. The question of whether it is still contagious is still open. “I haven’t been on medication for about eight hours,” he boasted, during a production during a program on Fox News Friday night.
Joe Biden is now nearly ten points ahead in national polls. The former vice president of the United States has also reinforced his advantage in voting intentions in the states decisive for the election.