US Election 2020: Biden ‘under pressure’ to suspend campaign as Trump succumbs to COVID-19

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US President Donald Trump’s contraction of the coronavirus has sparked questions over how it will affect the 2020 presidential election. This comes after one of his closest aides and longtime adviser, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus. Sky Correspondent Greg Milam discussed how the development would impact Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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He said: “If Trump is quarantining for 14 days, that would suggest that the second presidential debate in Miami – which is not next week, but the week after – would now be off the agenda.

“You would also imagine that on the election campaign Joe Biden would be under pressure to suspend his if his rival is unable to campaign.

“At the moment, they say they’re doing well.

“If the President is on top form still, is asymptomatic and able to tweet to his supporters then they might feel that they’re able to continue with the campaign in some remote form.”

Mr Milam added: “But like a lot of things it’s an open question at the moment.

“Certainly they’ll get to some of those answers about election campaigns but also the running of the country.

Both the President and First Lady Melania have tested positive for the virus and are now quarantining.

The President’s physician said that Mr Trump is doing well.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent his best wishes to President Trump, saying he hopes both the leader and his wife “have a speedy recovery” from the virus.

Concerns are turning to contact tracing those who had been near either of the Trumps and Ms Hicks.

Ms Hicks had travelled with the President on Air Force One and onboard his helicopter, Marine One, in the days before her diagnosis.

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A number of people had sat as the President’s guests at the first election debate with the First Lady without masks.

Vice President Mike Pence and his opponent Kamala Harris will face off against each other next on October 7.

The sole vice-presidential debate will be held between the first and second Trump-Biden ones.

The first presidential match-up was widely criticised as chaotic.

It has prompted the Commission on Presidential Debates to develop what it called “additional structure” for the remaining events.

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