Joe Biden confirms he WILL be at the second debate in Miami and hopes Trump is there to face him after the former VP tested negative in his third COVID test
- Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday, his campaign confirmed
- He was tested twice on Friday and the results were negative both times
- The 77-year-old’s campaign manager said Sunday he still hopes to debate Trump
- The second presidential debate is set for October 15
- Biden’s campaign manager said they hoped that Trump would recover in time
On Sunday morning Biden’s deputy campaign manager said he will participate in the next presidential debate on October 15 provided the ‘necessary’ safety precautions are in place.
Kate Bedingfield told ABC News’s This Week that Biden will ‘be there’ as long as Trump is well enough to participate, and the Commission on Presidential Debates implements safety measures.
‘We hope that they’re going to put in place every adjustment necessary to ensure that it’s fully safe,’ she said.
Biden’s campaign manager said on Sunday that Biden will ‘be there’ at the next debate
Biden, pictured on Saturday leaving Mass in Wilmington, Delaware, tested negative Sunday
‘And, obviously, we send President Trump our best.
‘We hope that he is well and able to debate. If he is, Joe Biden will certainly be there.’
Bedingfield said that Biden would participate in the debate ‘assuming that the commission puts in place the necessary requirements to ensure that everybody is safe, which is first and foremost the most important thing.’
‘Joe Biden certainly looks forward to the opportunity to debate Donald Trump, and we hope that he will be well and able to do that,’ she said.
The 77-year-old again tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday.
He was tested twice on Friday – the day Trump’s COVID diagnosis was confirmed – and again on Sunday.
Sunday’s test was a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, his campaign said, according to a press pool report.
‘Vice President Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and COVID-19 was not detected,’ the campaign said.
Biden speaks during a campaign event at United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday, after Trump’s infection was confirmed
Biden shared a debate stage with Trump last Tuesday in Cleveland, leading to fears that he too could have become infected.
At least 11 people involved in the setting up and planning of the first presidential debate have since tested positive for the virus.
Dr Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist, said: ‘Good. Now keep testing couple more days to be sure.’
He attached a timeline for infection to show in tests, showing that Biden was not entirely clear yet, but was moving in the right direction.
On Saturday night, after two days of refusing to provide details about Mr. Biden’s testing procedures, the campaign committed to releasing the results of all of his tests.
The epidemiologist said that Biden’s three negative COVID tests were encouraging