Chris Wallace: 'Thank God' there was no opening handshake at Tuesday's debate

Chris Wallace: 'Thank God' there was no opening handshake at Tuesday's debate
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Fox News anchor and political analyst Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE expressed relief Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE and Democratic nominee Joe Biden did not shake hands before Tuesday's debate, following Trump's announcement that he recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The debate commission had decided there would be no opening handshake, and thank God for that. They were about eight feet apart from each other at their podiums," Wallace said on "America's Newsroom."

Wallace, who moderated the debate in Cleveland, said he "never got any closer to [Trump] than what you saw on TV" and was about eight feet away from each candidate.


Still, that was “close enough that I'm gonna get a test,” Wallace added.

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Hicks was onboard Air Force One with President Trump and other top White House aides as they traveled to Cleveland for the debate. They also accompanied Trump to a campaign rally in Minnesota the following day.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a key member of Trump's debate prep team, said Friday morning that nobody in the room during Trump's debate prep on Tuesday was wearing a mask.

Biden, who briefly walked close to Wallace's table after the debate concluded, is expected to get tested Friday morning.

"He never approached me at the end of the debate," Wallace said of Trump earlier Friday morning on "Fox and Friends."

"Vice President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE did briefly to basically — I'm trying to remember the exact words basically to say, I bet you didn't know you had signed up for this. Obviously, it was an extremely contentious debate. I certainly saw no sign of any flagging of energy in the president during the debate," Wallace said.