The two events, in the format town hall, have a mediator and voters who will ask questions of the candidates, and will be shown from 9 pm (Brasília time) in place of an initially scheduled debate, in which Trump and Biden would face each other directly, in Miami, Florida.
The main difference will be the duration: Trump will have an hour, and Biden, ninety minutes.
The debate was canceled after the president refused to participate in a virtual version, for security reasons, after contracting Covid-19.
According to NBC, to participate in this Thursday’s event, Trump presented a negative test for the coronavirus, conducted by the National Institute of Health, and reviewed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief infectious disease specialist for the White House coronavirus-fighting task force. Dr. Fauci attested that Trump is no longer transmitting the virus.
Still, the president will be more than 3.5 meters away from mediator Savannah Guthrie and audience members. Voters will only enter the studio after their temperatures are measured and must wear masks at all times.
After the announcement, NBC was criticized, especially for scheduling the show at the same time as the Biden event, preventing the public from watching both. According to the Associated Press, a call for a boycott of town hall of Trump entered Twitter trending topics shortly after.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden still have a debate scheduled for October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee, with mediation by NBC News’ Kristen Welker.
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