Donald Trump, NBC Information Set City Corridor Occasion For Thursday, Competing With ABC Information’ Joe Biden Occasion – Deadline
Donald Trump will set up a town hall for NBC News Thursday after an agreement was reached between the network and its presidential campaign on the details of the event.
That means Trump and Joe Biden will each attend separate town hall events on the same evening from the same time after scrapping plans for a presidential debate of a similar format.
Today co-host Savannah Guthrie will host the event at 8 p.m. ET from Miami.
The network and campaign had been negotiating the event since last week. A sticking point was a series of COVID-19 security protocols.
Today’s Craig Melvin said the network had a statement from Dr. Clifford Lane received from the National Institutes of Health showing that he and Dr. Anthony Fauci reviewed the President’s latest medical records, including a PCR test, and concluded “with a high degree of confidence” that the President “will not shed infectious viruses.” Guthrie and Trump will be at least 12 feet apart, and audiences will also have to be socially distant and have to wear face masks.
NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander noted that this was the first time they had received independent confirmation that the president “is no longer at risk of spreading the virus.”
Biden will be competing in a duel with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, also starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Last week, the Presidential Debate Commission announced that the planned second debate, a town hall format hosted by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, would be a virtual event with both candidates performing remotely. Trump rejected this approach and insisted that the event be held in person. Biden’s campaign indicated he would attend but then plotted ABC News City Hall. The commission then scrapped the event.