Trump again calls for in-person debate, citing doctor’s letter
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reports that the Trump campaign has for a third time today called for an in-person debate with Joe Biden.
On Thursday morning, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said that the next presidential debate, due on 15 October, would be a virtual affair, with the candidates appearing remotely. Biden agreed to the new rules, but Trump did not. It was then announced that Biden would hold a Town Hall that night instead.
Here is the Biden campaign statement from earlier:
What we know so far: Trump expected to return to public engagements on Saturday
White House Physician Dr Sean Conley has released a statement saying that Trump has completed his treatment for coronavirus
“I fully anticipate the president’s return to public engagements on Saturday,” Conley wrote.
Conley, who has not taken questions from journalists in three days about the US president’s health, did not indicate whether Trump had tested negative for coronavirus or when the president’s last negative test was since testing positive.
This means the president is still likely to be positive – and therefore
Another member of the White House press corps has tested positive for coronavirus after taking a rapid test
If their results are confirmed, this person would be the fourth journalist to have tested positive for Covid-19 after being exposed to an outbreak at the White House.
“In the immediate days ahead, we continue to insist that journalists who are not in the pool and do not have an enclosed workspace refrain from entering the indoor press areas of the White House,” the White House correspondents association said. “We would also strongly encourage all journalists to continue avoiding working from the White House grounds entirely if possible.”
Yesterday, BuzzFeed News pulled a political correspondent White House press pool due to coronavirus risks.
U.S. futures spiked on Sunday night as of President Donald Trump’s healthcare providers expressed optimism over his timely return to the White House.
What Happened: Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a member of Trump’s medical team, said the President could be discharged from the Walter Reed Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, as early as Monday, and be back in the White House, CNN reported.
Garibaldi’s comments came amid uncertainty over Trump’s health, with contradicting reports. The president’s physicians had revealed earlier in the day that he was being treated with dexamethasone, a powerful steroid reserved for extreme COVID-19 cases, CNBC reported.
Dr. Vin Gupta, a faculty member at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told CNBC that the disclosure indicates the president may be suffering from pneumonia.
Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley said that Trump had suffered two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation, according to CNN.
“It was a determination of the team based on the timeline from the initial diagnosis that we initiate dexamethasone,” said Conley.
The president left the hospital briefly on Sunday — to be driven around in an SUV in order to greet his supporters, CBS News reported.
Why It Matters: Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious disease specialist at the Boston University School of Medicine, told CNBC that she would not discharge someone who was just put on steroids.
Conflicting accounts of the president’s treatment have emerged since Saturday as his doctors remain evasive on key health parameters including on whether he required supplemental oxygen.
Meanwhile, several members of the president’s inner circle at the Republican party have tested positive for COVID-19, including three senators.
Price Action: S&P 500 futures rose 0.77% to 3,365, while Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures gained 0.78% to 22,779. Nasdaq futures
(Bloomberg) — The U.S. should re-examine all aspects of its relationship with China, including investment, trade, defense and intelligence capabilities, according to two separate reports issued Wednesday by congressional panels — one controlled by Democrats, the other by Republicans.
Congressional GOP members urged key industries to shift supply chains away from China and called for stricter limits on some China-related investments, according to the final report from their China Task Force. The group, which Democrats declined to join, called China a “generational threat” akin to the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
That panel also criticized the Chinese Communist Party for human rights violations and an early coronavirus response that relied on “coverups, arrests and blame-shifting, rather than transparency.”
“For decades, the United States and its allies have been asleep at the wheel,” said the tax force’s chairman, Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican. “Covid created an awakening experience for the American people and the sleeping giant has finally awoken.”
At the same time, a separate report released by the House Intelligence Committee found significant deficiencies in the U.S.’s intelligence capabilities when it comes to China and recommended overhauling the intelligence approach to the country. The panel is led by California Democrat Adam Schiff and includes members of both parties.
“The widespread, if not yet fully understood, global impact of Covid-19 and other transnational events make this both an opportune and urgent moment to
Both sides are seeking an elusive deal on coronavirus relief before the election.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with a gain of 350 points, rising 1.3 percent. The S&P 500 rose 0.8 percent and the Nasdaq composite rose 1 percent shortly after the market opened.
The strong start to Wednesday trading came after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Republicans will propose a $1.5 trillion stimulus bill after he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) restarted negotiations last week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also told House Democrats that he plans to bring a $2.2 trillion offer to the floor Wednesday.
While both parties remain far apart on the preferred size of a stimulus bill, the monetary difference between Democratic and Republican offers has narrowed considerably since the spring.
Democrats and Republicans are attempting to break a months-long stalemate over a follow-up to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus and pandemic response bill signed by President Trump in March. Key elements of that bill, such as a boost to unemployment benefits and emergency loans for small businesses, expired this summer without replacement.
The House in May passed a roughly $3 trillion bill that Republicans dismissed immediately, and Republicans have been reluctant to approve more than $1 trillion in aid.
The pace of the recovery from the coronavirus recession slowed notably over the summer and into fall, and the U.S. is still reeling from immense economic pain. More than 10 million people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic have not yet found work again, and thousands of