President Donald Trump says he will drop out of the second debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden if the debate goes virtual.
Trump plans to hold a rally instead of participating in the debate scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida.
The debate commission announced the 2nd debate would be held virtually due to the President's positive Covid-19 test on Oct. 1.
Calling the idea of a virtual debate "ridiculous", Trump told the Mornings with Maria show, "I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate."
After the interview, the Trump campaign issued a statement calling members of the debate commission "swamp creatures" who were trying to help Biden.
"Here are the facts: President Trump will have posted multiple negative [Covid-19] tests prior to the debate, so there is no need for this unilateral declaration," the campaign said. "The safety of all involved can easily be achieved without canceling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head. We'll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead."
Trump's two eldest sons expressed outrage at the idea of a virtual debate.
Donald Trump Jr. (right) called the move "such bulls***", while Eric Trump (left) said, "Biden's mouth is watering at the notion of a virtual debate - he will have 12 teleprompters and 14 campaign staffers holding flash cards on the other side of that camera!"
The Republican mayor of Miami said President Trump shouldn't attend the debate with Biden if Trump is still testing positive for Covid-19.