Biden, Trump to appear in competing town halls

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After refusing to participate in an online 'virtual' debate with challenger Joe Biden, the president will now answer voters’ questions during a competing town hall program sponsored by NBC News on Thursday night.

Biden is participating in a town hall program with ABC News on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Due to President Trump contracting COVID-19, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debate shifted its 2nd debate format from a town hall to a virtual online debate between the two candidates. That was cancelled when Trump refused to participate. The Biden campaign went forward with scheduling a solo town hall on ABC.

Trump tested positive for the coronavirus Oct. 2. He spent three days at the Walter Reed military hospital. He resumed public appearances over the weekend and resumed campaign travel Monday.

The NBC event will be held outdoors at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

NBC News says it has a statement from National Institutes of Health clinical director Dr. Clifford Lane indicating he and White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci have reviewed Trump’s medical data and concluded with a “high degree of confidence” the president is “not shedding infectious virus.”