Welp, it's official: Donald Trump isn't willing to participate in a virtual debate.
These issues, the candidates' records and much more were scheduled to be contended over the course of late September and October in three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.
After Trump tested positive for COVID-19 last week the status and formatting of future presidential debates was thrown into question.
The prospects for the second presidential debate between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden remain uncertain despite the debate organizer's announcement that it will go ahead in a virtual format.
Pressed by Hannity if he'd tested negative, Trump said, "Well, what we're doing is probably, the test will be tomorrow, and the actual test, because there's no reason to test all the time, but they found very little infection or virus, if any, I don't know that they found any, I didn't go into it greatly with the doctors". I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. You sit behind a computer and do a debate it's ridiculous.
"And then they cut you off whenever they want", complained Trump, who rendered the first presidential debate almost unwatchable with constant interruptions.
The debate was moved virtually after Mr Trump tested positive for coronavirus last week.
"We agree that this should happen on October 22, and accordingly, the third debate should then be shifted back one week to October 29", the Trump campaign wrote in a statement to reporters. "Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people", deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said. Everyone in the audience was required to wear face masks for the duration of the event and two plexiglass dividers were placed between Harris and Pence on stage.
Despite COVID-19 making its way through the White House staff, Trump and his team have continued to play down the severity of the deadly virus.
The Trump campaign argued that the debate commission was trying to "hide" Joe Biden from the people.
Incumbent Vice President Mike Pence, Trump's Republican running mate, was set to square off with California Senator Kamala Harris, Biden's Democratic running mate, in the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Salt Lake City.