Trump campaign says president intends to debate Biden on October 15 despite coronavirus diagnosis

Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh told CBS News that “it’s the president’s intention to debate” on October 15. Spokesperson Hogan Gidley also told Fox News that he “hopes” the debate will happen, but “doctors will dictate a lot of the president’s movements going forward.”

The White House has said Mr. Trump first tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1, two days after the last debate. His physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said Monday that Mr. Trump is being monitored to determine when he will no longer be infectious.

“Routinely we talk about a 10-day window, you know CDC guidelines, but we’re checking him more routinely than just waiting 10 days,” Conley said. “There’s a possibility it’s earlier than that. There’s a chance that it’s a little bit later, but we will know as soon as possible. And then, we will look at him clinically, how are you feeling, how are you doing?”

Joe Biden, meanwhile, said he will debate Mr. Trump “if the scientists say that it’s safe and the distances are safe.”

SOURCE: CBS News — Nicole Sganga and Caroline Linton