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Trump refuses to participate in virtual TV debate with Biden

Washington / United States President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will not participate in a second televised debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden if it is virtual.

The commission running the presidential debate had announced that the head-to-head scheduled to take place in Miami on 15 October would be held remotely.

Trump and a growing number of White House staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.

He said the decision was an attempt to “protect” the Democratic candidate.

“I’m not gonna waste my time on a personal debate. Sit behind a computer, ridiculous. They cut you off… I’m not doing a virtual debate,” he told Fox Business Channel.

Biden’s team, which has expressed concerns in recent days about the debate as it will take place less than two weeks after Trump tested positive, said the former vice president would participate in a virtual event.

The commission decided the candidates would be in separate locations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved after concerns were raised by health experts.

Only moderator Steve Scully of C-SPAN television and the public would be at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Arts in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Biden’s campaign said in a statement: “Vice-President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression.”

Trump, who was admitted to a military hospital last week after contracting Covid, told Fox he had not been informed of the changes before they were publicly announced.

He was released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, outside Washington, on Monday and returned to the White House.

At least nine White House officials have also tested positive for Covid-19.

Trump returned to work in the Oval Office on Wednesday, despite not having spent the required time in quarantine and the fact that his office is located in the tightly packed West Wing, where dozens of other people work. (October 8, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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acaba de celebrarse el segundo debate presidencial en EE.UU.
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Trump desmiente que no quiera debatir con Joe Biden de forma virtual.
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Trump ve una pérdida de tiempo debatir con Biden de forma virtual.
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la CPD decidió cambiar el formato del debate para proteger la salud de los candidatos.
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la CPD no cree que sea necesario que el segundo debate presidencial se celebre de forma vitual.
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fue el propio Trump quien pidió a la CPD cambiar el formato del debate para evitar contagios de COVID-19.
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según Stepien, Trump dará un mitin en la noche en la que estaba previsto ese segundo debate.
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a Trump no le pareció descabellada la idea de debatir de forma virtual con Biden.
C
los republicanos no creen que sea necesario que haya más debates presidenciales.
Question 4
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Bedingfield confirmó que Biden no debatirá con Trump el próximo 22 de octubre.
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Bedingfield dijo que Trump no quiere debatir virtualmente para evitar responder a las preguntas de los votantes indecisos.
C
Bedingfield piensa que Trump no quiere debatir con Biden ya que no se encuentra bien.
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Trump dijo que se distribuirá de forma gratuita Regeneron.
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Trump desmiente que se vaya a distribuir Regeneron de forma gratuita.
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se desmiente que Trump haya sido tratado con Regeneron.
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Trump dijo que Biden está controlado por la izquierda.
B
Biden no cree que Trump mienta.
C
ningún candidato interrumpió a su rival durante el debate.
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