The event, scheduled for 8 p.m., ET in Miami, will compete with the ABC City Hall featuring Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump and Biden were originally scheduled to take part in the second presidential debate on Thursday night, but were eventually canceled after Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the Presidential Debate Committee in light of Trump’s positive diagnosis of coronavirus.
“The event must be held outdoors and in accordance with the guidelines set by health officials, also in accordance with all government regulations,” Hoda Cottb told NBC Today on Wednesday.
National Institute of Health clinical director Clifford Lane said in a statement to NBC News that by analyzing the PCR test, they came to the conclusion “with a high degree of confidence” that Trump “does not emit an infectious virus.”
The event will be moderated by Savannah Guthrie, who will be sitting a few meters from the president. Attendees will be required to wear face masks.
Trump’s decision last week to drop the second debate led Biden and ABC to quickly announce plans to hold a town hall, and shortly afterwards Trump’s team entered into talks with NBC about a similar event, provided Trump was negative for coronavirus. .
Trump is not in all national polls and has lagged behind or is associated with Biden in key swing states and has a greater need for a national platform in which he can speak to voters less than three weeks before election day. .