Trump is pushing for in-person debate with Biden after being ‘blindsided’ by virtual showdown, WH says

PRESIDENT Trump is pushing for an in-person debate with Joe Biden, after being "blindsided" by a virtual showdown, the White House said.

White House communications director Alyssa Farah told Fox News on Saturday that the president wants the debate scheduled for October 22 to be held in-person.

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"As you all know negotiations for these debates go on for months prior, and then to kind of blindside the campaign by announcing they were going to move to virtual without consulting was very surprising," Farah told Fox News.

"The president is eager to get in front of the American people, side to side with Joe Biden, and make the case for his record and how it stacks up better for the American people.

"We're going to look for another opportunity to do that. That's something the public deserves," Farah vowed.

She then said the election season has been "truly remarkable," and claimed "there are basic policy questions we don’t have the answers to" from Biden.

"We're going to push to do something and whether it's through the debate commission or other avenues, you can rest assure the American people will hear from Donald Trump," Farah said.



The White House's comments on the president pushing for an in-person debate came the day after the Commission for Presidential Debates announced an event for October 15 was cancelled.

The event was originally slated to be held in-person – but was moved virtual following President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis last Friday.

Trump opposed the virtual debate, and said he would not take part in it.

"I'm not going to waste my time doing a virtual debate," the president confirmed to Fox News on Thursday morning.


His campaign had proposed pushing both the October 15 and 22 debates back by a week to hold both in-person.

Joe Biden's campaign, however, declined to move the dates.

Trump's campaign then said they would instead hold an in-person rally on October 15, instead of the president taking part in a virtual event.

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