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Fleischer says Trump shouldn't go to next debate if he's still COVID-19 positive

Fleischer says Trump shouldn't go to next debate if he's still COVID-19 positive

Fox News contributor and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE should not attend the debate scheduled for next week in person if he continues to test positive for the coronavirus before then.

“If you have COVID, you don't go. It's not more complicated than that,” Fleischer said on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” Wednesday. “This is how all of us should live our lives. If you test positive, you've got to be respectful about all of those around you. If you're the president — I don't care who you are in life.”

Fleischer suggested an in-person debate would be acceptable if the president tests negative and clears it with a doctor beforehand.

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“I hope his doctor gives him the clearance, not only for his sake, for the country's sake, but for the sake of those who be at the event with him, including [former] Vice President [Joe] Biden and the Secret Service, everybody,” he said.

“But it's a simple matter in my mind, and I hope everybody's mind, including the president's: If you still test positive, you quarantine and you stay home," he continued.

Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE said Tuesday that “we shouldn’t have” an in-person debate next week if the president still has the virus.

“I think we were gonna have to follow very strict guidelines. Too many people have been infected. It’s a very serious problem, so I will be guided by the guidelines of the Cleveland Clinic and what the docs say is the right thing to do,” Biden told reporters at an airport in Hagerstown, Md.

Trump’s doctors have claimed his symptoms have subsided but have repeatedly refused to answer questions about when he last tested negative for the virus.

The president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last Friday, hours after his COVID-19 diagnosis was announced. He left the hospital Monday evening and remains on treatment for the disease.