United States President Donald Trump participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden held on September 29, 2020 on the Cleveland Clinic campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was looking forward to the planned debate with former Vice President Joe Biden next week.
The president announced that less than 24 hours after his release from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the treatment of Covid-19, his plans will participate in the second debate.
"I'm looking forward to the debate on October 15th in Miami," Trump wrote on his Twitter feed. "It will be great!"
When asked whether the Trump campaign meets testing requirements and additional health measures given the president's diagnosis, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said, "The president intends to attend in person."
The remarks came out of concern that despite his excitement, the president could still pose a public health risk and infect others with the coronavirus. The Presidential Debate Commission, the non-profit group that sponsors the debates, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Trump is considered contagious 10 to 20 days after symptoms appear. For the President, this happened on or about October 1st.
The president's medical team continues to monitor his viral load to determine when he may be no longer contagious. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
Trump returned to the White House on Monday after a three-day stay with Walter Reed, where he was treated with a cocktail of drugs such as Gilead's remdesivir, Regeneron's antibody cocktail and the steroid dexamethasone against the coronavirus.
The president has been in an optimistic and reassuring tone over the past few days speaking about both his health and the severity of the global pandemic.
Hours before he was released from the hospital, the president encouraged Americans not to be afraid of the deadly virus, saying he felt "better than I did 20 years ago".
However, critics say the president's lighthearted comments could convince Americans on a day-to-day basis that the disease is not as bad as feared and that health care guidelines are largely disregarded.
The CDC and other public health officials continue to warn that the coronavirus poses a significant risk to everyday Americans. The virus has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States.
Should the debate proceed as planned, both Trump and Biden will answer questions from voters in Miami. The political editor at C-SPAN is the moderator of the second debate. It will be in a town hall format.
A third presidential debate is planned for October 22nd at Belmont University in Nashville. NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will moderate this debate.