“There’s only two more left,” he added, referring to the remaining pair of presidential debates. “They’re enormously valuable to the American people. And I think he’ll make every effort to make it. I’m certain he will.”
Biden, departing Delaware for a campaign day-trip to Miami, also indicated Monday that he would be willing to participate in the next debate, but advised that “we should be very cautious” in organizing the event.
“If scientists say that it’s safe … then I think that’s fine,” he told reporters before departing for Miami. “I’ll do whatever the experts say is appropriate for me to do.”
The president’s medical team said Sunday that Trump could be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as early as Monday to “continue his treatment course” at the White House.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also said Monday that officials are “still optimistic” Trump will return to the White House later in the day.
But Sean Conley, the president’s physician, appeared to confirm Sunday that Trump’s condition is more serious than the White House had so far acknowledged, and Trump could very well be confined to the Executive Residence for the near future.
The White House has refused to provide detailed information regarding the timeline of the president’s symptoms and Covid-19 tests. But it is possible that Trump, who was hospitalized Friday evening, was most contagious Tuesday — as the first presidential debate unfolded in Cleveland.
Biden’s campaign announced Sunday that the former vice president had tested negative for Covid-19 for at least the third time since Friday. He could still be at risk, however, as the disease is known to incubate for up to two weeks.
Giuliani also expressed aversion Monday to any format changes to future debates. The nonpartisan commission responsible for producing the televised events previewed the potential changes last week after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden and moderator Chris Wallace during the first forum.
“I would not put in new rules for — you know, in the middle of the campaign,” Giuliani said. “I would — through us or if they want to do it directly, I think maybe just remind both candidates, ‘Stay within your two minutes. Don’t interrupt.’ I think they both understand what happened last time.”