Oct 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

NIH tells NBC that Trump is "not shedding infectious virus" ahead of town hall

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NBC announced Wednesday that President Trump will take part in a socially-distanced Miami town hall this week after the president balked at a virtual second presidential debate following his positive coronavirus diagnosis.

Why it matters: The network said that, as part of an agreement for the event, the White House provided a statement from NIH clinical director Clifford Lane, saying that he and Anthony Fauci had reviewed a PCR test collected from the president on Tuesday and believe Trump is "not shedding infectious virus ... with a high degree of confidence."

The big picture: Joe Biden will simultaneously join a town hall held by ABC News in Philadelphia.

  • "Today" anchor Savannah Guthrie will moderate Trump's event, which is set for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. The audience will be required to wear masks, and Guthrie and Trump will remain 12 feet apart.
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