Debate commission co-chair: 'No evidence whatsoever' Trump has tested negative

Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE’s campaign has presented “no evidence whatsoever” that he has tested negative for the coronavirus amid controversy over the remaining presidential debates.

Fahrenkopf told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade on Friday that he wanted to have a debate next week while maintaining that doing it virtually would be the “safest way to go.”

“We’re talking about something that will happen in less than a week, if it had originally gone forward. Less than a week,” Fahrenkopf said. “At this point in time, there is no evidence whatsoever whether or not when the president tested negative.”


Kilmeade said he contacted White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHouse has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview MORE prior to the interview, who said the president would have two negative COVID-19 tests by Oct. 15. But Fahrenkopf cast doubt on Meadow’s assertion.

“Supposedly he passes one, and then he doesn’t have the other, and then the whole debate’s gone,” Fahrenkopf said.

Trump said in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday that he would not participate in the second debate scheduled for Oct. 15 after the commission announced it would be a virtual event. The commission said the event would be a virtual town hall to “protect the health and safety of all involved.” 

“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” Trump told Fox Business, claiming the Commission on Presidential Debates is “trying to protect” Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE

“I’m not going to waste my time with a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate, that is ridiculous,” Trump added.


Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Oct. 1, and left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday after a four-day stay. White House physician Sean Conley issued a memo on Thursday saying the president would be able to make a “safe return” to public events on Saturday. 

“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” he said in a memo. 

Prior to his diagnosis, Trump had said he would oppose changes to the final two debates, after the commission was weighing changes to impose more order after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden and debate moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWolf Blitzer will host an evening newscast on CNN's streaming service Audie Cornish hired by CNN, will host show and podcast on streaming service The five biggest media stories of 2021 MORE at the first debate on Sept. 29.

After Trump expressed disapproval for the new debate format Thursday, Biden called for the Oct. 15 debate to be moved to Oct. 22, which prompted the Trump campaign to suggest moving both debates, with the third taking place Oct. 29. However, Biden has said he was against adding any new debates to the schedule.

Trump plans to rally supporters on Oct. 15 as opposed to a debate, despite concerns that he may still be contagious. Biden has announced that he will participate in his own town hall hosted by ABC News’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosAlec Baldwin turns over cell phone in 'Rust' probe How a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm GOP senator says he would 'take a hard look' at another Trump run MORE in Philadelphia.