U of U: President’s test results ‘No impact yet’ on upcoming VP Debate
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City’s VP debate is up in the air, at least for now.
After word that both President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the future of Wednesday’s vice presidential debate to be hosted in Utah is uncertain.
Campus officials with the University of Utah, where the event will take place, say they expect to hear the final word from the Commission on Presidential Debates soon. However, they say the president’s positive test has had “no impact yet.”
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 2, 2020
According to the Deseret News, the vice president’s debate advance team toured the U. on Thursday before news broke that Hope Hicks, one of the President’s close advisors, had tested positive for the virus.
In a tweet early Friday Morning, Pence’s press secretary, Devin O’Malley, said both the VP and the Second Lady were tested and their results came back negative.
“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day,” O’Malley wrote adding, “This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”
As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.
— Devin O’Malley (@VPPressSec) October 2, 2020
The last time Mr. Pence was was publicly seen with the president was on Monday during a press briefing in the Rose Garden discussing rapid COVID-19 testing.
A Historic day for America! The announcement today of the distribution of 150 MILLION rapid point-of-care tests is testament to the leadership of President @realDonaldTrump, the great team at the @WhiteHouse, the partnership forged with Governors & American innovation! pic.twitter.com/LJJgBM2qIY
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) September 28, 2020
Last Thursday, a spokesman for the Biden/Harris campaign said both the former vice president and California senator would receive regular testing as they increase the number of in-person campaign events. This announcement came after campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told ABC’s “This Week” that Mr. Biden had not received a COVID-19 test to that point. The results of those tests are not known at this time.
This week the University of Utah moved all students to online classes as well as announced that the number of those allowed into the 90-minute debate at Kingsbury Hall Wednesday would be strictly limited. Everyone in attendance would need to be credentialed, pass a COVID-19 test, wear a mask, and abide by other precautions.
If Wednesday’s debate continues as scheduled it will air on KSL NewsRadio (102.7FM) and KSL 5 TV, both on-air or online.
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