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Trump now has ‘no symptoms’ of COVID-19: WH doctor

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Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to President Donald Trump, has reported on Tuesday that the Coronavirus-stricken President has “no symptoms.” This follows President Trump returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday after his four-day stay at the military hospital.

“This morning the President’s team of physicians met with him in the Residence. He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms,” Dr. Conley’s statement reads. “Vital signs and physical exam remain stable, with an ambulatory oxygen saturation level of 95-97%. Overall he continues to do extremely well, I will provide updates as we know more.”

The president and the First Lady both tested positive for the novel Coronavirus late on Thursday, alongside many political figures and staffers. While the exact event where President Trump contracted the virus remains unclear, one of the leading hypotheses posits that it occurred at the event where he announced his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Since many of those who were also infected attended the event, many place this as the “superspreader” event.

When he tweeted on Monday afternoon that he would be returning to the White House, President Trump also urged Americans to not “be afraid of Covid.”

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It is still unknown when President Trump will return to the campaign trail. With the presidential election less than 30 days away, and with the standard length of quarantine for the virus lasting 14 days, this is a major obstacle for the incumbent president, who has throughout the pandemic continued to hold large-scale in-person rallies and events.

The president has stated, however, that he intends on still participating in the second presidential debate, saying that he’s “looking forward” it.

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The debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 in Miami and will air from 9 to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time). The first and only vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will happen Wednesday, October 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah and will air from 9 to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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