Trump tests negative for COVID-19 pre-debate

  • After last month’s chaotic debate, United States President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, will take the stage again on Thursday night.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to send Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court to the Senate floor.
  • More than 45 million Americans have already voted in early ballots, according to the United States Elections Project tracker.

    Trump tests negative for COVID-19

    The White House chief of staff says Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus ahead of Thursday night’s second and final presidential debate.

    Mark Meadows says Trump was tested onboard Air Force One while en route to Nashville, Tennessee, and tested negative.

    Biden’s campaign said Thursday that he, too, was tested Thursday and tested negative.

    The test comes after Trump’s bout with the virus, which put him in the hospital for three nights.

    Both campaigns had been required to certify that their candidates and VIP guests have tested negative ahead of the debates. But Trump and the White House have repeatedly refused to say whether Trump actually was tested before participating in the first debate.

    Biden: ‘Hopefully he’ll play by the rules’

    Biden, wearing a face mask and aviators, spoke briefly about debate later tonight.

    His wife Jill Biden was with him.

    “Hopefully he’ll play by the rules,” Biden said, alluding to the last election debate, when Trump repeatedly disrupted him.

    Biden also said that he hopes everyone attending has tested negative for COVID-19. Trump announced that he had contracted the virus shortly after the last debate.

    Earlier on Thursday, Biden said that he had tested negative for the virus.

    Spokesman says Trump plans to vote early on Saturday in Florida

    Trump plans to cast an early vote in the election while visiting Florida this weekend, White House spokesman Judd Deere said, adding that the president would vote in West Palm Beach, Florida, where his Mar-a-Lago estate is located, on Saturday.

    Poll roundup: Voters sour on incumbents

    A majority of US voters say Trump does not deserve re-election, according to a new Gallup poll.

    But he fares better than Congress, as significantly more voters say “most members of Congress” deserve to be ousted on Election Day.

    Fifty-six percent of registered voters say Trump doesn’t deserve re-election on Election Day. In January, prior to the pandemic, only 50 percent said that about Trump. As for Congress, only 29 percent say “most members” deserve to be re-elected, as Americans’ view of Congress in general continues to sink.

    In typical fashion, however, when asked about their specific member of the House of Representatives, voters’ views are flipped: 60 percent said their representative deserves to be sent back to Washington.

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