Aide says Trump campaign doesn't want remote debates

An aide to President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s campaign said on Sunday that it doesn’t want remote vice presidential or presidential debates in the midst of Trump's positive COVID-19 test. 

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddThe press ever-so-politely turns on Biden, as troubles mount NBC's Chuck Todd: Biden currently battling 'pretty big credibility crisis' 'Highest priority' is to vaccinate the unvaccinated, Fauci says MORE questioned Trump’s senior campaign adviser Jason Miller about whether the campaign should push for a remote vice presidential debate in the wake of Trump and several advisers testing positive for COVID-19. 

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“Shouldn't he be mitigating risk of getting this virus? Shouldn't you guys be asking for a remote debate, for instance?” Todd asked.

“No,” Miller responded. “We’re in a campaign. We have a month to go. We see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris out there campaigning -- certainly, they're not asking for a remote debate.”

Miller continued by saying Pence will remain on the campaign trail, with a “very full, aggressive schedule,” after he and his wife tested negative for COVID-19.

“I have no concerns at all,” he added. “The vice president takes very serious all of these measures. Anyone around the vice president are tested. People are kept very safe.”


“Again, we can't hide from this virus forever, Chuck,” Miller added. “We have to take it head on. We have to reopen our economy. And we've got to develop this vaccine and defeat the virus.” 

The campaign adviser also said the president’s family, including Donald Trump Jr., Eric TrumpEric TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Eric Trump to speak at conference led by prominent anti-vaxxers MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Trump Tower debt added to watch list as vacancies rise House panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe MORE will hit the campaign trail initially virtually. 

Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, told ABC News’s “This Week” that the former vice president will “be there” for the Oct. 15 debate in Miami as long as Trump is able to debate and the Commission on Presidential Debates implements the “necessary” safety precautions.  

She also said the campaign has “every expectation” that the commission will “take all necessary precautions to ensure that everybody who attends” the vice presidential debate “is safe,” adding that the precautions should include social distancing and a mask requirement.