Trump Plans NBC Town Hall To Compete With Biden's ABC Town Hall


President Donald Trump has scheduled a town hall with potential voters on Thursday at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Florida. The one-hour event will be aired on NBC with Today host Savannah Guthrie. NBC also promises that the event will follow strict COVID-19 guidelines set forth by health officials.

"NBC News has been given a statement by Dr. Clifford Lane, Clinical Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), indicating that he and Dr. Anthony Fauci have reviewed the president’s recent medical data, including a PCR test collected and analyzed by NIH on Oct. 13, and have concluded 'with a high degree of confidence' that the president is 'not shedding infectious virus,'" the network stated.

The President's Miami event will mark his first return to television since the first presidential debate. His campaign was sidetracked shortly thereafter by multiple COVID-19 tests within the campaign. Over the weekend, he returned to the campaign trail with events in Washington, D.C. and Sanford, Florida. Later this week, he will hold campaign events in Iowa and North Carolina.

Trump's upcoming town hall will mark the network's second this month. On October 5, Lester Holt hosted a town hall with former Vice President Joe Biden. While the Trump event is being held on on October 15, Biden will be taking part in a town hall on ABC in Philadelphia. The 90-minute event will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos with an audience of potential voters.

Both events are being held in lieu of the previously scheduled presidential debate. Organizers proposed moving the debate to a virtual format after the President tested positive for COVID-19. Trump immediately declined the offer and Biden moved to hold his event in Philadelphia that the President is now attempting to counter. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the two candidates will meet for one more debate on October 22 in Nashville.

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