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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) WallaceBiden's debate strategy is to let Trump be Trump Biden: Muting mics at debate 'a good idea,' we need 'more limitations' Ex-GOP senator on debate commission blasts Trump's bias accusations, warns of 'incalculable damage' MORE expressed relief Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE 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.

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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 Biden 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.